The Clark County District Attorney's office made dozens of payments during the last decade for rent and other living expenses of victims who testified at trial. Defense attorneys are concerned that the payments may have influenced testimony to prosecutors and at trial -- tipping the scales of justice against criminal defendants. District Attorney Steve Wolfson has defended the payments, and e-mails show that the office was concerned about keeping witnesses in place during criminal proceedings.
Should the district attorney's office pay for rent to keep witnesses in town? Or do such payments cross the line into paying witnesses for testimony?
Bethany Barnes, reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tod Story, executive director, ACLU of Nevada
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