California – New law requires corroboration of cellmate’s testimony

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer – Monday, August 1, 2011 (08-01) 17:05 PDT SACRAMENTO — Testimony by jailhouse informants will no longer be enough to convict criminal defendants in California under hotly contested legislation signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown. SB687 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, applies to cases in which an inmate, often in exchange for leniency, testifies that a cellmate confessed to a crime. The bill, effective next year, will require prosecutors to corroborate that testimony. [Full Story at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2011/08/01/BAEG1KI25B.DTL ]

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California – New law requires corroboration of cellmate’s testimony