Definition intimidating witness

Under current law, law enforcement agencies must have cooperation from a victim of crime and yet neither the agencies nor the legal system can offer adequate protection or assistance when the victim, as a result of such cooperation, is threatened or intimidated.

Although the majority of serious crimes falls under the jurisdiction of State and local law enforcement agencies, the Federal Government, and in particular the Attorney General, has an important leadership role to assume in ensuring that victims of crime, whether at the Federal, State, or local level, are given proper treatment by agencies administering the criminal justice system.

110–177, § 205(1)(C), substituted “20 years” for “10 years”.

110–177, § 205(2), substituted “20 years” for “ten years” in concluding provisions.

110–177, § 205(3), substituted “3 years” for “one year” in concluding provisions.

107–273, § 3001(a)(1)(A), substituted “as provided in paragraph (3)” for “as provided in paragraph (2)” in concluding provisions.

110–177, § 205(1)(B), substituted “30 years” for “20 years” in concluding provisions.

Victims, witnesses, relatives of those victims and witnesses who are minors, and relatives of homicide victims should, if such persons provide the appropriate official with a current address and telephone number, receive prompt advance notification, if possible, of— proceedings in the prosecution and punishment of the accused (including entry of a plea of guilty, trial, sentencing, and, where a term of imprisonment is imposed, a hearing to determine a parole release date and the release of the accused from such imprisonment).

In preparing the guidelines the Attorney General shall consider the following objectives: All victims and witnesses who have been scheduled to attend criminal justice proceedings should either be notified as soon as possible of any scheduling changes which will affect their appearances or have available a system for alerting witnesses promptly by telephone or otherwise.

This list is taken from the Parallel Table of Authorities and Rules provided by GPO [Government Printing Office].

This is a list of parts within the Code of Federal Regulations for which this US Code section provides rulemaking authority.

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