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As reported by The Star-Ledger (NJ):

Charges in witness beating
Two are accused of attacking informant in Crips case

Saturday, March 24, 2007

BY JEFF WHELAN AND WILLIAM KLEINKNECHT
STAR-LEDGER STAFF

Two Newark men were indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday on charges they beat a witness who had been cooperating with the FBI in a racketeering investigation of their gang, the Grape Street Crips.

While gangsters may often think they smell a rat, authorities say these two had proof: court documents that named the confidential informant and included a typewritten report of his statements to local police.

In a three-count indictment returned in federal court in Newark, Corey "Supreme" McGill, 29, and Llewellyn "Well-N" Johnson, 26, were charged with conspiracy, witness tampering and using a firearm to commit a crime. McGill, according to the indictment, was the "Big Homie," or first in command of the gang's Newark chapter.

The witness, who was not named in the indictment, suffered a broken jaw, cuts and gums so swollen it initially appeared six of his teeth had been knocked out, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Gribko.

In addition to cooperating with federal law enforcement officials in the current investigation into the Grape Street Crips, the informant also had cooperated with local authorities in Essex County in a case against some of the gang's members in 2005, Gribko said. Prosecutors declined to release details on that case.

The documents that showed the informant had previously talked to law enforcement officials apparently surfaced during the discovery process in the state case, said Special Agent Stephen Siegel, a spokesman for the FBI. Local authorities, he said, were forced to turn the documents over to defense attorneys, one of whom in turn apparently gave it to a member of the Grape Street Crips.

"It was used nefariously, but there is nothing nefarious about them acquiring it," Siegel said. "It sounds like it was a piece of paper that was passed around from gang member to gang member that pointed to this guy."

The indictment did not provide further details about the documents, and authorities did not elaborate on why or when local officials were required to turn them over.

McGill and Johnson have been in custody since January, when they were initially charged by the FBI immediately after the alleged beating.

Maria Delgaizo Noto, McGill's court-appointed attorney, said her client denies the charges. Richard Verde, Johnson's attorney, did not return a call for comment. The two men face up to 20 years in prison if convicted...

The full story can be found at; http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1174714161226220.xml&coll=1

- Janq

Lesson Learned:
The streets are the streets, period.
The rules, regulations, and manner of conduct are very different than in say ones own fairy tale snow globe imaginings of life, law, and legality.
The general rule has been since forever; 'Snitches get stitiches'. Yes folks have been making shorts and songs about as much over the last couple of years but this is nothing new it's been in play and a playground rule since a long time ago.
On the other hand if you do the right thing and do become a witness well don't be foolish enoug to think that the law will or even can protect you. The only person who can protect you is you, unless you're a fortunate son of a senator or some such. If I were this guy I'd have had myself identified in papers and official docs as 'Witness John Doe' and I'd relocate too, at a minimum.
Anyway it's a shame he went through what he did bt the reality is what it is and there is no free lunch, not even for good guys.
 

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yikes - they courts and the FBI should have known better!


i was surprised by the age of the gang bangers - for some reason i have always thought of bangers as highschool/college age kids - not grown ass men!
 

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Yeah...folks can be old like real old, 30s, 40, 50s and older.
Same goes for other criminal groups as well including asian, russian, and 'The Mob' too.

The courts and the FBI do know better, but they don't give a care about you or me.
There are numerous books out there written by former agents alone from various LEO and para-military organizations (e.g. Treasury) who worked undercover to secure convictions toward whatever and after it was all said and done and their real world identity released they have found themselves left to twist in the wind by their employers and/or the govt. Good luck is basically all they get and a spoken 'thanks'.
Thats not including all the witnesses who have been left high and dry. An intersting read along these lines is the story of Jeffrey Weigand who blew the whistle on big tobacco. You should read about what all he endured personally as a result of his otherwise good and noble efforts. :(

If you find yourself jammed up in a situation where you have to or choose to become states witness, think twice about your real world personal safety and whether or not you choose to use your own real name & information.

Crime and criminality is serious business.

- Janq
 
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