The Case Against Informants

Alexander Bunin

Most Americans do not realize that criminals can organize and construct a false story that will incriminate and convict an innocent person of serious crimes, sometimes without any corroboration by physical evidence or other credible testimony. For their trouble, the informants can significantly reduce their own liability, get paid, or both. The practice is prevalent enough that it has names like “testi-lying” or joining the liar’s club. Sometimes, it has been ignored or condoned by law enforcement to obtain convictions.

informant: betrayer, informer, rat, snitch, snitcher, squealer, stool pigeon, talebearer, tattler, tattletale, telltale.
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