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Snitch: Informants, Cooperators, and the Corruption of Justice 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1586484927
ISBN-10: 1586484923
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Brown (Queens Reigns Supreme) presents the case that harsh minimum sentencing laws have led federal prosecutors to rely too much on unreliable informants and cooperators, and too little on solid investigative work; the sentences are also, he argues, feeding the anti-snitch movement. Brown correctly notes that long minimum sentences give defendants greater incentive to lie in exchange for a reduced sentence, and he relates anecdotes about deals with unsavory criminals. But these cases don't provide any analysis of whether such arrangements are really antithetical to justice and corrupt the system. For instance, in discussing the agreement struck with unrepentant Mafia turncoat Sammy Gravano, the author doesn't assess the possibility that such plea bargains with mob leaders have contributed to the decline of traditional organized crime. Further, the author's critique of pre-emptive indictments in alleged terrorist plots based on informers could have given more weight to the legitimate fears that waiting too long to stop such a plot may be too risky. The serious issues raised by the federal government's reliance on informants and cooperative witnesses merit a more thorough and nuanced analysis than Brown provides. (Dec.)
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"Brown's evidence is overwhelming" -- Legal Times, December 24th, 2007

"This chilling investigative report explores an evil that affects almost every American... Snitch is necessary reading as we go into a presidential election year." -- Penthouse, December 2007 issue
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586484923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586484927
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The American legal system has been taken over by government informers, cooperators, and agent provocateurs and there is no more honest police investigation of crimes, and the gov't has the *potential to now begin spying on everyone. Except now, due to the exposures of the NSA, we do know that the government is spying on everyone in the world, including all of the citizens of the USA. Ethan Brown's take is that the prosecutions wrought by snitches in drug and racketeering cases opened the door for paramilitary policing, widespread gov't spying, and abuse of the rights of innocent citizens. He could add that this is a threat to the entire human rights of citizens and the people of the world, but he does not have to, because we see this unfolding everyday with the creation of a corporate-gov't police state. Read this book to understand how all this functions, and how snitching undermines all freedom and democratic rights.
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Highly recommended read. I don't know where Brown's from but he definitely delivers a horrifically accurate image of growing up in drug-plagued New York in the 80's in Queens Reigns Supreme. In this recent work, Snitch, Brown tackles the flaws in police-informant relationships. Specifically, the measures informants reach when their freedom's at stake. Brown also sheds light on the dangers of stat-hungry prosecutors purely seeking conviction numbers before justice. If you have the slightest interest in criminal justice (or injustice) buy, borrow or steal this book. This is the ugly truth to the story of police cooperation....I wish this book would been published prior to the hype around Stop Snitching so it could have served as some sort of reference....one thing's for sure, Cam'ron is still a jackass.
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This book exposes the complete lack of ethics among Federal prosecutors. Anyone who thinks that Federal prosecutors have the public's best interest in mind will change their opinion after reading Snitch.
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This book is a good read, but I just personally believe in a bit more radical way of dealing with the problem than the writer. The writer does make an excellent description of the problem of informers and cooperators in the 'justice' system, however, that I agree with wholeheartedly.
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"Snitch is a must read. With the current fascination with gangsters in America, and gangsta rap read what really goes on behind the scenes. All the bravado and thuggish attitudes is just for show because when these so-called gangstas get behind closed doors they are snitches on whoever and whatever, fabricating and lying on people. That is the truth of American Justice and Ethan shows it all with no punches." [...]
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