Governor signs bill to keep Crimestoppers tipsters anonymous

Sunday, June 9th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- A bill signed by Governor Keating is designed to protect the identity of tipsters calling Crime Stoppers.

The measure comes after an Illinois town shut down its Crime Stoppers program because a defense attorney subpoenaed telephone records to figure out the identity of an anonymous caller.

Oklahoma law officers say the anonymity of Crime Stoppers is what makes it work.

The law prohibits Crime Stoppers records from being produced before a court.

If an attorney claims the information would help an accused criminal, a judge could inspect the records and determine whether they are exculpatory.

The law goes into effect November 1st.