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Informants, Use of

  • By: Cara L. Gallagher
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment
  • Edited by: John R. Vile & David L. Hudson Jr.
  • Subject:American Political History, American Political Thought, Law & Courts

An informant is any individual who provides police or government officials with information that will aid in the discovery of criminal activity, evidence, or perpetrators of a crime. Some informants witness criminal activity and step forward out of a sense of ...

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