One of Natapoff's earliest posts focuses on a recent Texas case where the murderer of a drug informant turned out to be another government informant, making a number of salient points which fall into the "wish I'd said it" category.snitching = when police or prosecutors offer lenience to criminal suspects in exchange for information or cooperation
Snitching Blog is devoted to a part of our criminal system that most people know little or nothing about: criminal informants, or "snitches." At any given moment, thousands of informants are in the system trying to work off their own criminal liability by giving information to the government. These informants may be in court, in prison, on the street, or in the workplace. Police and prosecutors often rely heavily on information obtained from snitches. This is especially true in drug enforcement, but also for investigations of white collar crime, organized crime, and terrorism. In fact, it is impossible to fully understand the U.S. legal system without understanding snitching. Nevertheless, snitching remains shrouded in secrecy and confusion.
I should also mention (since she didn't include it in her sidebar links) that Natapoff is the author of an excellent, extended law review article on the subject of informants which influenced my own views on the topic a great deal and inspired much of Grits' coverage. She's now expanded that paper into a book that will be released in November, which I'm quite looking forward to reviewing.
Welcome to the blogosphere, Alexandra! I'll be reading!