First Person Isn’t Third Person: Threatening Suicide Isn’t Felony Witness Tampering in California -

In People v. Johnson, decided by the California Court of Appeal two weeks ago, in an opinion by Justice Ioana Petrou, joined by Presiding Justice Alison Tucher and Justice Victor Rodriguez, a defendant was convicted of felony witness tampering "based on a statement Johnson made to his family that if the police came, he would blow his brains out." The California witness tampering statute makes it a crime (punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony), "to prevent or dissuade another person who has...

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