Recent column leaves out important information

To the editor:

Once again, I feel compelled to reply to one of Betsy McCaughey’s columns. This particular one was in Saturday’s Sentinel and was titled “‘Flipping’ benefits prosecutors, but not the public as a whole.”

Betsy’s entire column is based on the supposition that bad people turn to save themselves and the result is that innocent people go to jail. She uses the Michael Cohen guilty plea as her example. The problem with her column is that prosecutors seldom present cases based solely on the testimony of only one person. They nearly always have other information to corroborate the testament of the flipper. If a prosecutor did not have additional information to corroborate the testimony of the flipper, jurists would not convict an innocent person based solely on the testimony of a flipper. Betsy McCaughey neglects to point out in her column that in the Michael Cohen case there is a recorded telephone conversation between Michael Cohen and then-candidate Trump, substantiating Michael Cohen’s testimony. The evidence in this case is conclusive that Michael Cohen and candidate Donald Trump broke campaign finance laws.

Flipping has helped send hundreds, perhaps thousands, of high-level criminals to jail for their crimes. In addition, it has saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in court costs over the years. Flipping has been, and remains, a huge benefit to both the public and prosecutors.

Harry M. Geedey

Lewistown

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