Sunday, April 8, 2007

Writer Profile: e

In the United States, the Witness Protection Program was established by the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, which in turn sets out the manner in which the U.S. Attorney General may provide for the relocation and protection of a witness or potential witness of the federal government, or for a state government in an official proceeding concerning organized crime or other serious offenses.

Witness protection is the process in which witnesses, such as those who testify in criminal trials, are protected against intimidation before their testimony or criminal retaliation after. The U.S. Federal Government both relocates and gives new identities to witnesses who risk their lives by giving testimony as well as providing financial and employment aid. To help avoid discovery, witnesses are expected to sever all ties with former acquaintances. According to the agency, "No program participant following security guidelines has ever been harmed while under the active protection of the Marshals Service"; however, all of the witnesses who were harmed had either failed to fully comply, often at times contacting old acquaintances, or had already left the program.

As a result, the only information available regarding our third female writer is that she is a former Mafia princess who writes solely under the name “e”. In order to protect the innocent, no further information can be disclosed.

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