The witness protection program is a popular trope used in television and movies. But, how safe and effective is it really? While the U.S. Marshalls boast their program has never lost a witness, there are plenty of other witness protection programs and witnesses in general that have been major failures. From dead witnesses to paying out crime bosses, it’s not exactly always a flawless program. Here are 25 Awful Witness Protection Program Failures You Won’t Believe.
Sexual Predators Hidden in the Program
In a scathing report by the Department of Justice, the witness protection program failed to notify neighborhoods and people at risk of the sex-offenders in the program that they were relocating to the area. The crimes of some of the people protected in the program included rape and sexual assault of children.
In 1989, Diana Merced was cooperating with law enforcement as a witness against Joseph Navedo, a known drug dealer. She was planning to testify and especially asked HAPD and NYPD to protect her. However, on March 9th, two unknown assailants shot her in the face at her mother’s apartment.
Israel Witness Protection Flaws
In a recent report, two witnesses hired by Israeli police were murdered in 2006 due to police witness protection negligence. This report unveiled serious witness protection program flaws in their system.
After being involved in the witness protection program, David Mooney filed a lawsuit with the State for being impoverished. He’s in constant fear for his life, cannot work, and is refused social welfare. Promised a green card, a house, and a car, he claims to not have received any of them.
Just before being placed into a witness protection program, Corry Thomas was killed in front of his sister’s home. Busted for transporting 600 pounds of marijuana, Thomas had cut a deal and was supposed to go into witness protection for his testimony that could have put high-level drug dealers in prison.
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