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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 Supreme Court stated, "We have suggested, in dictum, that '[s]tatutes providing for a reward to informers which do not specifically either authorize or forbid the informer to institute the action are construed to authorize him to sue.'" Stevens, 529 U.S.
"As the Supreme Court has noted, the violation of a law such as the Neutrality Act does not injure the informer directly; the violation injures only the Government.
decision to allow defence counsel to attend the informer privilege
According to the sources, the informer sent a letter in July 2000 to the agency telling it of the differences in damage reports by TEPCO and by GE's Japan unit, which was undertaking TEPCO's facility inspections.
The police, who were on standby at the scene after the reporter alerted them, arrested three men on an attempted burglary charge, including the informer, a 50-year-old man from Saitama Prefecture.
It allocated one-third of the fine to the informer, the other two-thirds going to the crown and the poor relief fund.
According to Entrinsik, as its SugarCRM customer and reseller base expanded, Entrinsik used the Informer Partner Toolkit API to create a seamless integration with the SugarCRM platform, creating a CRM and advanced reporting experience that expands the reach of SugarCRM data throughout the organization and providing for a true business intelligence environment.
The birds also know who the informer is, only he doesn't, says Suncica Stojanovska from Nova Makedonija and this according to her resembles the popular saying that only the husband does not know that his wife is cheating on him.
Man On The Run will be based on a book written by the informer that details his time in the IRA and the years after his cover was blown.
A TV Tokyo official said one of the network's reporters paid the money to ensure the safety of the informer and his family.
The informer claimed he met two Operation Gunter officers in 1996 and saw a receipt for the payment of pounds 2,000 purportedly bearing his code-named signature.
ENTRINSIK, INC., developer of Informer reporting and business intelligence (BI) software, has added a new "test drive" feature for the Informer software.

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