Prosecutors Oppose Sites Identifying Cooperative Witnesses

Federal prosecutors are furious, and the Justice Department has begun urging the federal courts to make fundamental changes in public access to electronic court files by removing all plea agreements from them -- whether involving cooperating witnesses or not. "We are witnessing the rise of a new cottage industry engaged in republishing court filings about cooperators on Web sites such as for the clear purpose of witness intimidation, retaliation and harassment," a Justice Department official wrote in a December letter to the Judicial Conference of the United States, the administrative and policy-making body of the federal court system.

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