Media Alert: PBS Frontline to air "Snitch" 1/8/99

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On Tuesday, January 12 at 9pm (check local listings), PBS will air "Snitch," a 90 minute feature exposing the use and misuse of confidential informants by the U.S. government.  Frontline will examine how mandatory minimum sentencing legislation turned the use of informants into the lynchpin of prosecutorial strategy in the Drug War.  Producer Ofra Bikel takes viewers inside the mind of the informant and profiles some unsettling cases in which the most minor offenders are serving harsh prison sentences on the word of a snitch, while higher-ups, with information to trade, walk free.

(See our story on a Tenth Circuit Case which could end the trading of leniency for "the right testimony," at http://www.drcnet.org/wol/068.html#testimony.  Also, see related articles and editorial in Issue #35, at http://www.drcnet.org/wol/035.html.)

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