Ratting: The Use and Abuse of Informants in the American Justice System

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Overview

Showing informants in a variety of contexts provides a broader picture of them, and highlights the potential pitfalls associated with their use within our criminal justice system. Police depend on insiders to prosecute the perpetrators of many of the so-called victimless crimes like drug dealing, money laundering and political corruption. As victimless crimes have grown, so has the use of informants. Providing insights into law enforcement techniques as well as the Court's response to them, Bloom illuminates the pernicious legal ramifications that can result from the justice system's relationship to and use of informers. Law professors, criminologists, and law enforcement scholars will find Bloom's account of this much used and abused but under-reported aspect of America's law enforcement efforts both edifying and sobering.

There are different kinds of informants. Some are used to infiltrate and destroy organized crime operations, and others, such as Linda Tripp, are used to investigate government officials. Informants are motivated by a variety of reasons, including financial gain, political power, elimination of competition, and avoiding criminal punishment. Some are even imaginary, fabricated by police to justify their activity. Bloom discusses each type of informer, grounding his commentary in real cases, some well known, others obscure. He then concludes by suggesting how potential and real abuses of the informant system can be curbed.

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Describing actual cases that exemplify the roles of informants in different contexts, Bloom (law, Boston College) explores the use and abuse by law enforcement officials of people who provide information that in some way helps the government investigate people whom they wish to prosecute. He begins with a historical review focusing on Judas Iscariot. Other chapters consider Linda Tripp's help to bag a sitting US president, an imaginary informant a police officer invented to justify his investigation, prison and jailhouse snitches, infiltrating and destroying organized crime, and how to minimize cost. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275968182
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT M. BLOOM is Professor of Law at Boston College Law School. He has written extensively in the area of criminal procedure, focusing on police abuses and the Fourth Amendment.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Ch. 1 A Historical Overview of Informants 1
Ch. 2 The Political Informant: "A Certain Fair-Weather Friend" - The Story of Linda Tripp 9
Ch. 3 The Nonexistent Informant: The Story of Officer Carlos Luna 31
Ch. 4 Jailhouse Informants: The Stories of Leslie Vernon White and Anthony Michael Sarivola 63
Ch. 5 High-Level Informants: The Story of James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi 81
Ch. 6 The End of the Story 155
Notes 165
Bibliography 183
Cases Index 197
Subject Index 201
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