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Ill. Judge To ACLU: Overturning Wiretapping Law Helps Gangs

A senior Illinois appellate judge has said if the state's wiretapping law is overturned, gang bangers "will rejoice." The judge said overturning the law would help gangs monitoring each other, including allowing them to secretly record police informants.

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C.I. Testifies Tulsa Officer Gave Her Gifts

A criminal informant testified about her close friendship with a Tulsa (Okla.) Police officer she said gave her gifts, after she took the stand in a federal police misconduct trial.

The Best Argument Against the Death Penalty

Former Mexican Mafia leader Ramon "Mundo" Mendoza's motivation for writing, "Mexican Mafia: The Gang of Gangs," is to get the book into the hands of gang members and inmates in the hope that it might prevent them from following in his footsteps. His intent is to break the negative brainwashing the prison gangs utilize and illuminate the path to redemption.

ACLU Claims NJ Cops Misuse Informants

The report, which came after a three-year investigation by the ACLU, claims New Jersey agencies have a disjointed, confusing, and, in some cases, nonexistent policies on how New Jersey law enforcement agencies use confidential informants.

Report: 25% of Hackers are FBI Informants

The Guardian is citing the publisher of hacker quarterly 2600, who told the publication hackers are "susceptible to intimidation" and are usually willing to work for the feds rather than face long prison terms.

Ohio Deputy Fired for Lying About Sex With Informant

Gardiner began a sexual relationship with the informant in the spring of 2009 and used his "covert identification" to rent motel rooms and his duty car to "take her on dates."

Proponent of 'Stop Snitching' Movement Outed as Police Informant

But the New York man who manages Game and other hip-hop heavyweights - Jimmy (Henchman) Rosemond - is named as an informer in court records, the Daily News has learned.

How to Solve Gang Homicides When Nobody's Talking

Community members often withhold information, fearing retaliation because of a lack of trust in the police. Even though they know their lack of cooperation will give way to more crimes and a deteriorating quality of life in their neighborhoods, many are people still reluctant to become witnesses or provide useful information.

Shots Fired: Reno, Nevada 02/23/1984

Hastings walked to the Fireside Lounge on the corner of Fourth and Lake Streets, dialed up his favorite federal agent on a pay phone, and fessed up to having some 13 stolen antique knives and a stolen Beretta on his person. Oh, and he wanted to turn himself in.

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Informant Helps Jury Convict MS-13 Members In Charlotte

A federal jury convicted six members of MS-13 on a variety of charges with the help of testimony from a former MS-13 member, an informant who infiltrated the gang and video footage of the gang's criminal acts.