ABA Journal, "Witness harassment has gone digital, and the justice system is playing catch-up"


Patricia Connelly
Communications Dept.



Aug 1 2013

In this article, Angela Downes, a former Dallas prosecutor who is now a senior program associate with Vera's Prosecution and Racial Justice Program, is interviewed about the way technology is changing the forms that witness intimidation takes.

“When I started as prosecutor, the intimidation was a lot more direct,” says Angela Downes, co-chair of the Victims Committee of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section. “It’s a new frontier and being done in ways we never could have imagined before. We see a lot more people being intimidated through Facebook and even on Twitter.”