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Free to Tell the Truth - Preventing and Combatting Intimidation in Court: A Bench Book for Pennsylvania Judges

Judges stand as guardians of the courthouse: the place where wrongs will be redressed without fear or recrimination. It is the responsibility of the court to create an environment in which truth can be spoken. To that end, I have collaborated with other members of the justice community to develop this bench book on witness intimidation and jury interference. This bench book is designed to be a practical tool to guide judges in dealing with the many manifestations of witness intimidation or jury interference. Our goal was to identify the body of law in Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions that addresses this assault on justice. We identify the forms of witness intimidation and jury interference and recommend the best practices to protect the integrity of our courts.

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