Probation officer charged with intimidating witness
Hoffman is charged with one count of intimidating and one count of attempting to harass Maureen Adams, of Goshen, a probation officer under his supervision who was interviewed by the FBI as part of an investigation into alleged fraudulent hiring practices within the state Probation Department.
Hoffman is charged with warning Adams, “I’m going to tell everyone you are a rat,” both before and after a meeting that Adams had with a special agent of the FBI in October 2011.
Publisher: Bonnie King CONTACT: [email protected]: [email protected]~Truth~~Justice~~Peace~TJPAmanda July 21, 2010 pm (Pacific time)I am so glad to hear, that at least one District Attorney's office has the "Funds" to prosecute an offender for violation of Civil Rights.
What about the many violations against the Elderly and Their "Civil Rights"?
The witness intimidation statute requires that the Commonwealth prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the intimidating actions, whatever they were, be done with the specific intent to impede obstruct delay harm punish or otherwise interfere with a criminal process or investigation.
There are two reasons that identity can be a legal issue even in cases where most people would consider it fairly easy to prove.There might be dozens of reasons that someone says or does something, and the Commonwealth has to prove which one motivated the defendant.Moreover, where statements are involved there is often a question as to whether those statements were obtained lawfully, and whether those statements are admissible in court.WORCESTER – After about four hours of deliberations, jurors on Friday failed to reach a verdict in the witness-intimidation trial of the acting chief probation officer for Hampshire Superior Court. Jurors took up the case at about noon on Friday, after listening to closing statements in the morning from prosecutors and a defense lawyer. Hoffmanof Hatfield, the acting chief probation officer who is on administrative leave without pay, is charged with two counts of witness tampering.The jury of 10 men and two women will return on Monday to begin deliberating again at U. Hoffman elected not to testify in his own defense during the trial, which began on Monday before Judge Timothy S. A small parade of probation officers and support staff from Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties testified during the trial, which often focused on a system of hiring in the state Probation Department that favored connected people such as Hoffman.