The Fear Factor

 

The Fear FactorWhat happens to democracy when everyone's too scared to show up?

By Dahlia LithwickPosted Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 8:00 AM ET

Fear kept some opponents of gay rights from testifying in the Prop 8 case.Fear kept some opponents of gay rights from testifying in the Prop 8 caseOne of the hottest new trends in litigation is fear. Witnesses in an important gay-rights case claimed they were too afraid to testify because they would be subject to reprisals for their unpopular views. Plaintiffs in another case claimed they're afraid for their very lives if their names are disclosed publicly. Contributors to political campaigns want to shield their names out of fear of death threats.

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