<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by lg2:
Witnesses can refuse to testify or claim no knowledge when they do know things. It might be due to fear, an unwillingness to get involved, a desire to protect the defendant, or an unwillingness to help the law<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
???????? Witnesses who refuse to testify in Washington go to jail for contempt of court. The witnesses can tell police and prosecutors they don't WANT to testify and maybe the prosecutors won't go forward, but if a person is summoned, they must testify. The only exception to this is when testifying would violate some statutorily recognized priviledge.
This is not legal advice and you are not my client. Double check everything with your own attorney and your state's laws.