Witness intimidation is a heinous act whether it is done by gang members or school officials. Sometimes teachers are just as afraid as ghetto witnesses to tell the truth about what goes on in schools. School lawyers have been known to pressure teachers to change their testimony.
Girls Plead Guilty To Witness Intimidation Charges
by Ryan ZumMallen
Long Beach News
Two teenage Long Beach girls pleaded guilty to charges of witness intimidation after being removed from the courtroom weeks ago during the murder trial of two suspects believed to be responsible for the shooting of three people outside Wilson High School, including the death of 16-year old honor student Melody Ross.
The girls, 16 and 17, were accused of flashing gang signs as witnesses testified on the stand and were removed from the courtroom. Police arrested them on the campus of Wilson High School, which they attended, just a few days later.
As a result of their guilty plea, the girls were placed on 30 days house arrest and will be under probation until they turn 21 years old. The girls were charged as juveniles after speculation that they may be charged as adults and could face much stiffer penalties.
Witnesses in the case had been very hard to come by for investigators, as few people were willing to come forward with information even though hundreds of people were gathered outside the Wilson High School stadium following a football game against rival Poly High.