Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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

READER POLL

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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