December 16, 2010
Whistleblowers frequently face harsh reprisal, typically at the hands of the organization or group which they have accused, but sometimes from related organizations. To be a whistleblower -- regardless of the veracity of their claims -- is to become an instant pariah among friends and colleagues.
Still, whistleblowers are crucial to our criminal justice system. Without them and their attorneys the system will simply not work. And given the price that whistleblowers must ultimately pay, it is not unreasonable that they receive a reward for coming forward.