Baltimore Officials Battle Witness Intimidation
Over the past decade, homicide rates have largely declined. But prosecutors say it's still hard to get convictions in murder cases, especially in urban areas. One part of the problem is getting reluctant witnesses to come forward. Their disappearance leaves criminal proceedings in limbo, and while some murder witnesses simply ignore court subpoenas, others are intimidated into skipping town, or worse -- are killed.
NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports on the efforts of an unusual homicide detective force in Baltimore, Maryland, to seek out no-show witnesses and combat intimidation.
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