Our entire justice system depends on folks telling the truth, but the truth can be hard to find–especially when there’s no evidence to back up the accusations.
How can we tell when someone is being truthful?
Without getting too Dr. Phil here, I must point out that certain characters breed a bid more suspicion than others. For some people, walking alone at night with someone a few steps behind you will immediately raise suspicions. For others, they will never trust a word out of a politian’s mouth. I get that. Some don’t trust car salesmen. Again, I get that.
But, there are folks out there that are professional liars. They lie for a living. Their friendships our a lie. Their relationships are a lie. And, they get compensated for their deciept. Our criminal justice system breeds these high-level liars.
The moment of conception looks something like this: someone gets arrested on a serious drug offense and faces decades in prison.
And then, a ray of hope. There is a way out of this prison time.
Yes, you may never see your kid graduate from middle school. You may never see your daughter go to the prom. Or get married, or have your grandchild. Nope, you’ll be in prison for the rest of your life. Or, “if you set some people up, we’ll drop your prison time.”
Welcome to the wonderful world of confidential informants (CI).
After 26 years of defending criminal cases, I can tell you that the urge to avoid prison will drive folks to do bad things–worse things than what they’re accused of–all sanctioned by the State. Oh, the irony.