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TAMPERING WITH A WITNESS IS A CRIME
Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1512, makes it a
Federal crime or offense for anyone to use intimidation or physical
force to threaten another person with intent to influence the
testimony of a witness in any Court proceeding.
A person can be found guilty of that offense only if all of the
following facts are proved beyond a reasonable doubt:
First: That the
witness was scheduled to be a witness in court;
Second: That the
person used intimidation/physical force against such witness; and
Third: That the person did so knowingly and willfully with the intent
to influence the testimony of the witness.
To act with intent to "influence" the testimony of a witness means
to act for the purpose of getting the witness to change or color or
shade his or her testimony in some way; but it is not necessary to
prove that the witness' testimony was, in fact, changed in any way.
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