20 August 2003
Two ladies who arranged for an alleged victim in a rape to meet with the Defendant's attorney are charged with obstruction of justice. The prosecutor's also made some noise about charging the attorney.
The charge isn't appropriate. To be convicted they would have had to stop the girl from testifying or tried to stop her from testifying thru threats or force. Of course, the reality is that in a number of jurisdictions this is a catch-all charge and some judges will convict people under it for almost anything. The local slang for it is misdemeanor pissing off the officer (felony pissing off the officer is formally known as felony assault on an officer - usually spitting or minor contact after you have spent the last hour making the officer's life a living hell).
Author: Ken Lammers on 8/20/2003