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November 28, 2013

Law experts: Payments to witnesses rare, foolish

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Rivera’s attorney in 2009, Michael Seddon, gave a hand-written note to Ranta during the trial, breaking the news that Rivera had been paid $1,000 by police before his 2007 grand jury testimony, according to Superior Court documents.

According to grand jury transcripts from 2007, Rivera was compelled to testify, and Seddon’s note said Rivera still did not want to take the stand.

Rivera’s grand jury testimony did not vary substantially from the testimony of other witnesses, though he was on Farnham Street at the time and saw one man fire several shots into another man at close range, according to the transcripts.

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