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Something rotten in the Philthy Court System
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Philadelphia police probe Instagram account identifying witness 'rats'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew...-rats.html

Quote:It remains unclear how rats215 obtained the victim’s testimony, the Inquirer said. The case was handled by a secret indicting grand jury — a practice the Pennsylvania Supreme Court authorised last year to protect witnesses in violent crime cases.

The site also gave names of witnesses, even though the names of witnesses and victims are redacted in court records for their protection.

I'd bet that there's someone in the Philthy Justice system that's leaking that information.
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Why do we have to read this in a uk paper
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Rcpaul;125089 Wrote:Why do we have to read this in a uk paper

It was posted on philly.com 2 days ago I believe.
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I had court there last week for work. This article would explain why they had extra signs (probably 4x as much as they use to have) forbidding phones in the courtroom. I've also seen people sit in the courtroom and text or play on their phone while court was in session. If the hearing officer saw them, they would tell them to put it away or it gets taken. I have never seen a phone get taken. Also the cops would still continue playing on their phones, and nobody would say anything to them. Now it seems they finally are following the rest of the state and fully enforcing the rule, especially to everyone.
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streaker69;125087 Wrote:Philadelphia police probe Instagram account identifying witness 'rats'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew...-rats.html

Quote:It remains unclear how rats215 obtained the victim’s testimony, the Inquirer said. The case was handled by a secret indicting grand jury — a practice the Pennsylvania Supreme Court authorised last year to protect witnesses in violent crime cases.

The site also gave names of witnesses, even though the names of witnesses and victims are redacted in court records for their protection.

I'd bet that there's someone in the Philthy Justice system that's leaking that information.


You are correct and it's coming from inside the District Attorney's office. Defendants lawyers don't get the grand jury report and testimony until late in the game before set-up to trial and they already know not to do this shit. RATS215 was posting threatening shit literally the same week as when witnesses were being called to the GJ.

It's very unlikely to be court employees.

Everything points to the DA's office. Probably another scumbag criminal with a city job and has political connections.
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Philadelphia Patriot;125096 Wrote:I had court there last week for work. This article would explain why they had extra signs (probably 4x as much as they use to have) forbidding phones in the courtroom. I've also seen people sit in the courtroom and text or play on their phone while court was in session. If the hearing officer saw them, they would tell them to put it away or it gets taken. I have never seen a phone get taken get. Also the cops would still continue playing on their phones, and nobody would say anything to them. Now it seems they finally are following the rest of the state and fully enforcing the rule, especially to everyone.

This shit was happening during grand jury hearings which depending on the case type may not be held in open court (the judge can call for an empty gallery at any time, usually the DA can ask for one). It's very typical on homicide cases to bar everyone from the GJ phase.

The actual trial phase the public cannot be barred unless there's disruptions that the case cannot continue, then the judge can clear the gallery (and selectively keep people like reporters there) and continue.


Whoever doing this shit gets a public paycheck. Considering the shit that's gone on in the DA's office since Seth has run it, I'd say the first place to look for RATS215 is in Seth Williams' office.
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Quote:Juvenile charged with intimidating witness on Twitter

Police pulled a 17-year-old Martin Luther King High School student from his classroom Tuesday and charged him with witness intimidation, alleging he posted photos of secret grand jury evidence onto his Twitter page, police said.

Investigators are also probing what connection Nasheen Anderson of East Germantown may have to an anonymous Instagram account, rats 215, that outed more than 30 witnesses of violent crime across the city before it was shuttered last week, law enforcement sources said.

Anderson's social media activity first caught investigators' attention last month when a police officer monitoring Twitter spotted photos of a victim in a 2012 attempted shooting posted on Anderson's account alongside statements the victim made to police.

The statements were not public record and had made their way out of a secret grand jury proceeding - a process designed as a bulwark against rampant witness intimidation in city courts.

Police reports related to the 2012 shooting were also posted on Anderson's Twitter account, officials said. Beneath one, Anderson had allegedly written, "Expose All Rats."

About 10 days later, the same photos appeared on the Instagram account with the rats 215 handle. For months, that account had been identifying witnesses in dozens of cases by posting photos, police statements, and testimony.

Anderson's mother, who declined to give her name, answered the door Tuesday night at her home. She described her son as a "good kid" and said he did not get into any trouble. She said he was in 11th grade, boxed at a local gym, and wants to go into the Army after graduation. She said she did not want to speak about his arrest.

Like the statements Anderson allegedly posted on his Twitter account, many of the documents on rats 215 are not public records. Authorities are investigating whether rats 215, which was taken down Thursday night, was an act of witness intimidation as well.

Law enforcement sources told The Inquirer on Friday that they suspected Anderson could be behind the Instagram account, since some of the photos posted there also appeared on his Twitter page.

On Tuesday, those same officials said Anderson's connection to the page remains unclear.

Anderson was being held Tuesday night pending an arraignment and bail hearing. Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman, said it was unclear whether he would be charged as a minor or an adult.

Police have submitted a warrant to compel Instagram to deliver the account owner's identity, the sources said. The department's Criminal Intelligence Unit is handling the investigation into rats 215.

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Wonder who the kids family is connected to
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(11-13-2013, 12:33 AM)Philadelphia Patriot Wrote:
Quote:Juvenile charged with intimidating witness on Twitter

Police pulled a 17-year-old Martin Luther King High School student from his classroom Tuesday and charged him with witness intimidation, alleging he posted photos of secret grand jury evidence onto his Twitter page, police said.

Investigators are also probing what connection Nasheen Anderson of East Germantown may have to an anonymous Instagram account, rats 215, that outed more than 30 witnesses of violent crime across the city before it was shuttered last week, law enforcement sources said.

Anderson's social media activity first caught investigators' attention last month when a police officer monitoring Twitter spotted photos of a victim in a 2012 attempted shooting posted on Anderson's account alongside statements the victim made to police.

The statements were not public record and had made their way out of a secret grand jury proceeding - a process designed as a bulwark against rampant witness intimidation in city courts.

Police reports related to the 2012 shooting were also posted on Anderson's Twitter account, officials said. Beneath one, Anderson had allegedly written, "Expose All Rats."

About 10 days later, the same photos appeared on the Instagram account with the rats 215 handle. For months, that account had been identifying witnesses in dozens of cases by posting photos, police statements, and testimony.

Anderson's mother, who declined to give her name, answered the door Tuesday night at her home. She described her son as a "good kid" and said he did not get into any trouble. She said he was in 11th grade, boxed at a local gym, and wants to go into the Army after graduation. She said she did not want to speak about his arrest.

Like the statements Anderson allegedly posted on his Twitter account, many of the documents on rats 215 are not public records. Authorities are investigating whether rats 215, which was taken down Thursday night, was an act of witness intimidation as well.

Law enforcement sources told The Inquirer on Friday that they suspected Anderson could be behind the Instagram account, since some of the photos posted there also appeared on his Twitter page.

On Tuesday, those same officials said Anderson's connection to the page remains unclear.

Anderson was being held Tuesday night pending an arraignment and bail hearing. Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman, said it was unclear whether he would be charged as a minor or an adult.

Police have submitted a warrant to compel Instagram to deliver the account owner's identity, the sources said. The department's Criminal Intelligence Unit is handling the investigation into rats 215.

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Why are we paying police to monitor twitter accounts
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Rcpaul;125478 Wrote:Why are we paying police to monitor twitter accounts

A lot of people post stupid shit on social networking sites. Facebook, twitter, etc. are actually really good tools for investigators.
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