Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Will secret grand-jury hearings solve the city's no snitchin' problem?


Will secret grand-jury hearings solve the city’s no snitchin’ problem?

Philadelphia court reforms could include replacing some hearings with grand jury proceedings.

Yes, witnesses will be able to remain anonymous until the actual trial
  143 (19.9%)
No, criminals will learn soon enough who dimed them out
  180 (25.0%)
Yes, but only if coupled with a crackown on those who threaten witnesses
  278 (38.7%)
No, wrong to deny defendants the chance to confront their accusers in open court
  118 (16.4%)
Total votes = 719
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