Prosecutors Call For Better Witness Protection

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The outgoing and incoming prosecutors for the city of St. Louis are both calling for more protection for crime victims and witnesses.

Incumbent Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and Circuit Attorney Elect Kim Gardner both say witnesses are afraid to take the stand for fear of retaliation.

“And if we can’t protect them under the laws, then why would they come forward if we cant protect them? And there’s real danger out there,” Gardner says.

Gardner says they have to make sure to protect witnesses and victims, because that is what a prosecutor must do. Also, she says that is what needs to be done under the Constitution.

Joyce says if victims and witnesses can’t come forward, there is no need for a Circuit Attorney’s office.

The two are supporting rule changes to block out the home addresses and other personal information on police reports. The Public Defender has argued she needs to see all the information to prepare for trials.

The case is now before the Missouri Court of Appeals.

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