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“All this stop-snitching crap has to end right now.”

The good guys win one against the “Stop Snitchin’” culture (from the Inky):

Adero Mahia Miwo fell for a drug dealer, and now she’s headed to prison for 30 months for conspiring to put the word out – with information from the controversial Web site whosarat.com – that a prosecution witness against him was a “rat” and a “snitch.”

The Web site, which touts itself as the largest online database of informants and agents with more than 4,000, has caused consternation in the criminal-justice system, where informants play a critical role.

Miwo, now 26 and from Jenkintown, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to suborn perjury and witness tampering, acknowledged that she took part in a scheme to try to get the prosecution witness to change his testimony against boyfriend Joseph Miles Davis, who is now serving a 17-year sentence as a result of a drug indictment in New Mexico.

Acting U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid said she hoped that yesterday’s sentencing of Miwo would “strike a blow” against the “don’t-snitch culture” that has pervaded Philadelphia, where witnesses have often been too fearful to come forward.

Anyone who threatens or intimidates a witness, she said, should know that “we will find you and you will – like Adero Miwo – go to jail.”

Perhaps, the most interesting aspect of this story is the background of Miwo herself:

She attended the prestigious Germantown Friends School, ran with the Mount Airy Track Club, and made it to the Junior Olympics at the age of 12. She aspired to a career in law and just recently graduated with a degree in Spanish from St. John’s University.

Hmmm…not the downtrodden child of poverty and victim of the streets that we’ve been conditioned to believe has a right and a reason to work against the cops.  Miwo’s education and background certainly paint a picture of a woman that had opportunities; she certainly should have known better than to get hooked up with a drug dealer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark S. Miller said a prison sentence was necessary.

“Enough is enough,” Miller told U.S. District Judge Berle M. Schiller. “Whosarat and all this stop-snitching crap has to end right now.”

Amen, Mr. Miller.  Amen.

July 29, 2008 at 7:58 pm
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