Feb 15, 2012 Law enforcement can put their feet in their mouths, too
Criminal defendants do not have a monopoly on putting their feet in their mouths when they testify or talk elsewhere. The Washington Post this week revealed an expensive white collar prosecution that is imploding in large part because a slew of text messages between law enforcement and their informant reveal a slew of sophomoric, sex-tinged, and racially insensitive communications.
Such behavior makes one wonder how seriously the law enforcement agents and their informer were taking their work, and, therefore, how many errors they were making in the process, and how many prevarications they were making.
This case bears out the necessity of obtaining all opposing witnesses’ statements as far in advance of a criminal trial as possible.