Witnesses and the Fifth

This is an interesting report. Most individuals indicate ahead of trial that they will be taking the Fifth. That did not happen here. The court had to determine if the victim’s statements would incriminate him in criminal conduct to allow him to assert the Fifth.

Maine law was changed a year or two ago to allow district attorney’s to give immunity to a witness. It use to be that only the AG could give immunity. I wonder why that did not happen here. If it did the victim would have had to testify because he could not claim the Fifth since he is immune from prosecution based on his answers.
http://m.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/2013/05/21/suspect-freed-when-stabbing-victim-wont-testify-tr/1365687

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