A major scandal over the apparent misuse of jailhouse informants is unfolding in the Orange County district attorney’s office. What could it mean for dozens of convictions that relied on informant testimony? Also, even when informants are used appropriately, is the practice ethical? Next, we hear from the filmmakers behind the gritty, ripped-from-real-life junkie film Heaven Knows What. And finally, in this week’s Friday film segment our critics weigh in on the new L.A. disaster movie San Andreas.
Informant Scandal in the O.C., 'Heaven Knows What' and 'San Andreas'
From this Episode:
O.C. Snitch Scandal
A major scandal is unfolding in the Orange County District Attorney’s office. For decades, prosecutors have apparently been misusing jailhouse informants to win convictions....
The Ethics and Pitfalls of Using Jailhouse Informants
The use of jailhouse informants is legal. So is offering informants plea deals in return for testimony. It’s even legal to pay informants for their testimony. It happens all...
'Heaven Knows What'
A tough new cinema-veritéfilm opened this past weekend. Heaven Knows What is about a young heroin addict trying to survive on the streets of New York. The film is fiction,...