The use of snitches (“Snitch,” July 9) who get reduced sentences and cash rewards is nothing less than bribing a witness. If any defense attorney did any of the maneuvers district attorneys routinely do with paid informants, they would be doing hard felony time for suborning a witness.
The reliability of a person whose freedom depends on pleasing a prosecutor is zero. If I serve on a jury, they can forget the jail-house snitches and paid informants, I will vote to acquit if I hear even one word of nonsense out of a compensated witness. The fact that a DA uses such questionable evidence convinces me that there is plenty of reasonable doubt about guilt.