Witness intimidation is a cancer on the criminal justice system. Even defendants who are held without bail can find ways to attempt to keep witnesses from coming to court. Scott Shellenberger took bold action to protect witnesses by working with the Baltimore County Detention Center to tape inmate telephone calls. You can read about the program here.
DNA - Bringing CSI to Maryland
DNA evidence is an invaluable law enforcement tool that brings violent offenders to justice. Scott Shellenberger took on the ACLU and the criminal defense bar to help pass Governor O’Malley’s DNA bill. This new law will enable the police to collect more DNA samples much sooner in the process so that violent offenders can be taken off the street before they strike.