How to Out a Snitch
The police used a snitch to arrest me but won't say who it is. What do I do?This is a tricky area of criminal law. If the snitch has knowledge that doesn't come from any other source, in other words, if the cops need the snitch to prove the DA's case, then the snitch has to be produced for cross-examination. But you don't really want the snitch to testify because he can nail you. Why bring the motion to compel his testimony?
You want to force the DA to produce the snitch or dismiss the action.Most snitches are undercover cops or other valued rats. Their positions would be endangered if they testified in court and you don't really want them to. You want to convince the judge that you can't defend yourself without their testimony. If you do this successfully the judge will order that the snitch be identified and produced. Once the judge utters those words the DA will dismiss the case to protect the snitch. Believe me I've done it dozens of times. The DA will never produce the snitch.