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State jailhouse informant testimony downgraded

The testimony of a jailhouse informant is no longer good enough to convict criminal defendants in California.

August 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The testimony of a jailhouse informant is no longer good enough to convict criminal defendants in California.

A new law requires informant testimony to be corroborated with other testimony or evidence.

It will cut down on the number of informants who will testify to anything, true or false, if it means getting themselves out of jail.

California's district attorneys call the law unnecessary.

They say judges have always instructed jurors to be cautious of informant testimony.