Recent case highlights concern for victim, witness privacy - KMOV.com

Recent case highlights concern for victim, witness privacy

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – After a mother was accused of orchestrating the murder of witnesses who were set to testify against her son, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce is pushing to keep witness information private.

Joyce told News 4 her office used to be able to keep personal information away from defense teams, but in May a judge changed that. In the last few weeks, prosecutors from Joyce’s office have held hearings for 142 cases to try and keep the names and addresses of witnesses private.

So far, Judge Michael K. Mullen has only sided with the Circuit Attorney’s office in one of the hearings, and Joyce said that was because the witness was in so much danger they had to move to a new home.

Joyce said turning over victim and witness information could put people in danger, but defense attorneys argue the office is violating rules and denying defendants right to a fair trial.

The Circuit Attorney said her office is set to argue some of the privacy cases before the Missouri Court of Appeals.

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