Federal authorities to investigate O.C. district attorney over jailhouse informants
The Los Angeles Times - 12/15/2016
Daniel Medwed, a professor of law and criminal justice at Northeastern University and an expert on wrongful convictions, said there is a belief among defense attorneys that the use of informants is often based on a “wink and a nod” instead of an explicit arrangement.
The other problem prosecutors face when relying on jailhouse informants is disclosure. If the informant is offered a benefit in exchange for information — such as a shorter jail sentence — the defense must be informed. Failure to do so could violate a defendant’s right to a fair trial.