Johnny_Yuma said:Showing up unannounced removes the chances that witnesses will cook up a story with the subject. If you think that's arrogant, you are entitled to that opinion.
Nah, thats not arrogant. There is other behavior and posturing that I call arrogant that is self evident. Just showing up to ask questions isnt what Im referencing.
Let me ask you this: If an agent paid a suprise visit to a potential witness, and they indicated a willingness to talk, but preferred to do so when their attorney is present and suggested a date/time (or asked that they coordinate the date time with their attorney) is that something that is normally accomodated?
Of course Im not asking about unusual or dangerous circumstances...but someone friendly, willing to talk, but prefers to have counsel when talking on the record....basically acting in good faith. (Im thinking of what happened to Martha Stewart, where she was nailed for the content of her conversation with the feds, rather than a previous crime)
Personally Im very grateful for the efforts of law enforcement and I have a good relationship with them (personal and professional). But sometimes I just hear things that I don't like. If the request of a reasonable accommodation is met with an attitude of "playing games" and misuse of the courts, I guess thats one of those things. (Now if they are truly playing games and not acting in good faith, thats a bit different)