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INFORMER. A person who informs or prefers an accusation against another, whom he suspects of the violation of some penal statute.
     2. When the informer is entitled to the penalty or part of the penalty, upon the conviction of an offender, he is or is not a competent witness, accordingly as the statute creating the penalty has or has not made him so. 1 Phil. Ev. 97; Rosc. Cr. Ev. 107; 5 Mass. R. 57; 1 Dall. 68; 1 Saund. 262, c. Vide articles Prosecutor; Rewards.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The conditions of the Friends informer "Many" and "All" did not differ: F(1,468)=u,66, p=0,418, their mean difference being less than 0,1 hours of social work, Therefore, the two panels of Figure 1 present the means of the two 2 x 2 designs (solid lines) and the two single Risk informers (broken lines) for the total group of subjects to report the results about information integration,
The accused arrived at the venue shortly and the Iranian called the informer again to tell him to turn his car's lights on.
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District superintendent of police Sunil Dutt denied the Maoist claim that Srinivas was working as a police informer. "He was a farmer and had nothing to do with the police," he said calling it a brutal act by the Maoist.
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He said that under RA 2338, the finance secretary has the sole jurisdiction to approve or deny the claim for an informer's reward.
After constitution of the commission not only the informer employees would be given protection but also gifts.
After the constitution of the commission, informers would be given protection as well as gifts.
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