• SNITCHING: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice
  • U.S. Attorney General's Guidelines on the FBI's Use of Confidential Human Sources
  • Sarah Stillman, The Throwaways, The New Yorker (2012) (article on the use of juvenile informants)

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

What goes around: violent snitch sentenced for shooting witness

When someone is a "longtime police informant," as the Seattle Post Intelligencer described Devaughn Dorsey, it means that person has had a long-term relationship with police and/or prosecutors in which the government has ignored his crimes, or lessened his punishment, in exchange for information. When that person also happens to be "one of Seattle's most violent criminals . . . [who] has shot no fewer than eight people since 1990," it illustrates the most troubling aspect of criminal informant use--that the government is tolerating crime from its information sources in pursuit of new cases. See this previous post --Violent robber-snitch formed new home invasion gang--discussing the dilemma of informants who continue to commit crime while working for the government.