Florida Bar Committee To Write Out Jailhouse Snitch Rules

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state panel on wrongful convictions agreed to let a Florida Bar committee resolve differences over a proposed court rule on jailhouse snitches.

Florida Innocence Commission member Bradley King, a state attorney from Brooksville, said Monday that prosecutors do not object identifying such informants expected to testify prior to trial.

King disagreed with provisions of that proposal, which would require the state to provide details on informants’ past cooperation and their motivation for testifying.

No final action was taken. The commission, including King, agreed its staff should draw up two versions of the proposal for submission to the bar’s committee on criminal court rules.

A national study indicates 15 percent of wrongful convictions discovered through DNA testing involved testimony by jailhouse snitches.

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