Vegas DA Ending Pretrial Payments to Witnesses

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The top prosecutor in Las Vegas is ending a longstanding practice of paying $25 to witnesses attending pretrial meetings with prosecutors.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson called suggestions that witnesses were influenced by the minimal fees "preposterous."

Nevada law allows witnesses to be paid $25 for attending court.

Wolfson says out-of-town witnesses and companions or parents accompanying underage witnesses were also reimbursed for travel expenses.

The issue arose after the Las Vegas Sun reported that prosecutors failed to produce witness fee receipts at the request of defense lawyers in a sexual assault case.

Attorneys Dan Bunin and Dayvid Figler questioned the credibility of prosecution witnesses who received fees and other expenses.

Bunin says it was later learned that one witness was paid about $800.

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