Witness Intimidation Can Make Admissible Otherwise Inadmissible Hearsay

There are many cases that involve a “he said, she said” situation.  Domestic violence, criminal threats, many sex crimes and violations of protective orders can rely upon the testimony of a single witness because there may be no physical proof of injuries or an e-mail confession.  Defendants quickly understand that if the one witness vital to the prosecution were not to appear for trial, the case would be dismissed.  Thus, witness intimidation is tempting.  However, there are negative consequences if one is to do this, as the following article explains.


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