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Controlling the Contemporary Loanshark: The Law of Illicit Lending and the Problem of Witness Fear
Scholarly Works
  • Ronald Goldstock, Cornell Institute on Organized Crime
  • Dan T. Coenen, University of Georgia School of Law
Cornell Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 2 (January 1980), pp. 127-289
Publication Date
1-1-1980
Disciplines
Abstract
This Article discusses the origins of, practices typifying, and laws directed at contemporary loansharking. Loansharks prosper by exploiting their victims' fears, and in case after case this same fear threatens to silence key government witnesses. The result is problems for the prosecutor, who must attempt to protect his witnesses and develop alternative methods of proof. The Article explores prosecutorial difficulties caused by witness fear and identifies options the prosecutor may use in attempting to neutralize the problem.
Citation Information
Ronald Goldstock and Dan T. Coenen. "Controlling the Contemporary Loanshark: The Law of Illicit Lending and the Problem of Witness Fear" (1980)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dan_coenen/14/