Interfering with a witness’s testimony or cooperation in a criminal case is a criminal act that can be misdemeanor or a felony.Intimidating or tampering with a witness involves trying to get a witness to lie, say certain things under oath, alter or destroy evidence, or not testify or cooperate with authorities at all.Coercion and intimidation can involve threats other than physical violence or property damage.
Podavini did not take the stand in his own defense at trial.
On Friday, Shelvey asked for a 31 2 to 41 2 year state prison sentence for the defendant based on his record, which included assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation and drunken-driving convictions.
A witness also could be threatened with harm to his business or reputation.
The idea of witness tampering or intimidation probably brings to mind a defendant in a criminal case threatening a witness, but the defendant is not the only person who can be accused of or commit this crime.
(AP) - Massachusetts prosecutors want a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing children civilly committed indefinitely now that his prison term has ended.
Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's office goes before a judge in Salem Superior Court on Friday to start the process to have 72-year-old Ronald Paquin held in a state hospital as a sexually dangerous person.
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- A Fayetteville man was arrested on Wednesday (March 15) after he allegedly threatened a witness who presented evidence in a homicide investigation.
Bruce Heard, 25, of Forrest City, is facing felony charges of intimidating a witness, domestic battery and terroristic threatening, and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, according to a preliminary report.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.