Skip to comments.Crime Stoppers Chief Eats the Evidence
Posted on 03/15/2014 4:35:33 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
The executive director of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers is facing up to two weeks in jail on a contempt of court charge for stuffing an anonymous tip in his mouth instead of handing it over to a judge Friday.
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He did good. I don’t know what the crime was, but too many judges are bought off these days. Too good a chance that they’d find Mr. Anonymous floating in the river.
“He did good.”
I think so too. He was true to his word to those who would give tips.
“He did good.”
Yes he did. He is a good boy.
Got the get paid. Got to get paid.
Candy wrappers come out of my dog the same way they went in.
Is this guy sitting on a bucket in jail?
Pretty sure this evidence would count as “tainted” after a trip thru the large intestine.
Bingo! When the court is contempible, the rational response is contempt. This applies to Congress as well.
There is so much to be defiant towards nowadays. It’s cool and admirable .
“Bingo! When the court is contempible, the rational response is contempt. This applies to Congress as well.”
I agree, we are heading down a slippery slope to disaster.
“...to turn a blind eye to a flagrant refusal to honor a court order, and give more value to an individuals opinion on what is right..”
No your honor...he was honoring a promise.
Why would he even bring it into the courtroom then?
I could see that greasy attorney, or the judge being bought off by some drug cartel and giving the name of the tipster.
Even if they aren’t corrupt, they could likely be taught to sing out the name while having their fingernails ripped out.
The judge is a moron for not thinking about that.
to quote my brother during one of his many divorce proceedings..
“I have nothing but contempt for this court”...
Did you consider the reason for the Judge’s ruling? What if this is false information. What if it is completely made up for the benefit of CrimeStoppers? I have witnessed this happen many times with real police and other organizations.
There is money involved and thus it has the possibility of corruption from the start. If this person is a paid employee of any org. he should be fired for disregarding the Court Order. When you make up information to “make your own Probable Cause” you are part of the problem.
That said, Defense lawyers are usually scum so they could be practicing witness intimidation in a “roundabout” manner.
“Did you consider the reason for the Judges ruling? What if this is false information. What if it is completely made up for the benefit of CrimeStoppers?”
Did you consider that the only way to know for sure would be to put the formally anonymous tipster on the witness stand?
A piece of paper would prove nothing, and the only possible reason the judge/attorney could need to see it is to put the person on the stand.
Nobody could be convicted based solely on the tip, the evidence would have to prove guilt.
You answered my question with your own. If this “alleged” tip is false it could still lead to the probable cause to gather other evidence. You are correct that the person would not have to testify. Convictions are not the same as arrests. It is still very costly to fight charges.
Again, follow the money. If this person is paid, as are most Crimestoppers Units, who is he/she to decide what they turn over. This is the same as some recent cases where Lab Directors have falsified evidence and thousands of cases are overturned. Should those Lab people make a rule they don’t have to give information to a Judge?
If the person is never going to have to testify, what is the reason to see their name on the note?
No, they didn’t need to see it.
Paid our not, as I understand it there is a contract between the person giving the information and Crimestoppes that the name of the informant will be withheld.
If those contracts are illegal, it should be established in a court of law.
Makes no sense. Police can’t keep information confidential. It is called Discovery(Brady v. Md). Why should a paid clerk be able to keep criminal information confidential but a duly appointed law Enforcement Officer can’t?
Secondly, the Judge wanted to see the information IN CAMERA. That means only the Judge sees it. Not the Defense Attorney. Why would this person Not want to show it to the Judge. Probably made up. Fraudulent. It is called Official Misconduct. Much more criminal than Contempt.
Because of the contract with the informant.
There is no contract. Contract can not contain provisions that are against the law. Since it is law that a Defendant must be provided ALL discovery, one can’t hide the Discovery behind a Crimestoppers Logo.
I have seen the Crimestoppers logs in many cases. They are redacted to ID #s. However, when something is suspicious the Court can look into the item requested.
Crimestoppers is usually funded by the Gvo’t and/or is part of a Gov’t Agency itself. They can’t hide the information. Just because you want it to be so, doesn’t make it that way.
Here is the link for this org.
These people are paid employees. Each Department lends one Officer to the program. It is funded by the Attorney General’s Office in the State of Florida. It is just like I thought. They collect and distribute money. They apparently got caught making up some info and paying off a strawman. It happens everywhere and Miami is as crooked as it gets.
If that's the case, and it sounds like it may be here, none of the informants information can be used, and the charges should be withdrawn or the case thrown out by the judge.
As the reporting on this reads, there is a contract with the informant. That's why the paer was swallowed. Just because you don't want it to be a contract doesn't make it so.