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‘Stop Snitching’ clothes, phones banned in court

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BOSTON (AP) — A top Massachusetts judge has banned clothing bearing the phrase "Stop Snitching" and outlawed camera phones in the state's courthouses in an effort to counter a rising climate of witness intimidation.

The move by Robert A. Mulligan, chief justice for administration and management of the state's court system, follows a year in which the city recorded a 10-year high for homicides.

"There are some people coming to courthouses, a very small fraction of people, who come there to chill individuals from participating in the process," Mulligan told The Boston Globe in an interview published Wednesday.