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1st Feb '18 8:43:40 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Macgyver}}'' helped get someone into witness protection. Two episodes deal with this character, "The Eraser" and "Back from the Dead".

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* ''Series/{{Macgyver}}'' ''Series/MacGyver1985'' helped get someone into witness protection. Two episodes deal with this character, "The Eraser" and "Back from the Dead".
15th Jan '18 3:36:51 AM VicGeorge2011
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* As a sort of precursor to this, God's Law in ''Literature/TheBible'' has Unintentional Manslayer Protection, as it provides such a person protection from the "avenger of blood" for unintentional deaths by having that person remain in a designated "city of refuge" until the death of the high priest. Three such cities were set up on the east side of the Jordan in the territory occupied by the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the eastern half of Manasseh, while three more cities were set up on the other side in the land of Canaan occupied by the other nine-and-a-half tribes.
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14th Nov '17 4:36:34 PM eroock
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The United States Department of Justice has a '''Witness Protection Program''', in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of TheMafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to rebuild Exit 72 on the New Jersey Turnpike, or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.

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The United States Department of Justice has a '''Witness Witness Protection Program''', Program, in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of TheMafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to rebuild Exit 72 on the New Jersey Turnpike, or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.
10th Nov '17 11:59:15 AM ginger_girl18
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** This is the InUniverse reason given for Hotch's departure from the team early in season 12, as Dr. Scratch, the current BigBad, had [[AdultFear started stalking his son.]][[note]] This was written in to cover Thomas Gibson's firing from the series early into the season's filming[[/note]]
15th Sep '17 1:14:15 AM pvsage
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* In ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Claudia's on-again, off-again boyfriend Todd]] is in witness protection; between this and the {{Masquerade}} surrounding the Warehouse, they each spend most of an episode being incredibly suspicious of the other until they simultaneously confront each other and realize that neither one actually knows anything about the other's secrets.

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* In ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Claudia's on-again, off-again boyfriend Todd]] is in witness protection; between this and the {{Masquerade}} surrounding the Warehouse, they each spend most of an episode being incredibly suspicious of the other until they simultaneously confront each other and realize that neither one actually knows anything about the other's secrets. [[spoiler:Once they learn about their respective secrets, Todd immediately gets PutOnABus with yet another new identity.]]
22nd Aug '17 5:35:16 PM ectostar
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A number of films have used the premise of witness protection, either as a story RippedFromTheHeadlines, a TrueStory or total fiction. The trope can be used dramatically, or for comedy.



A number of films have used the premise of witness protection, either as a story RippedFromTheHeadlines, a TrueStory or total fiction. The trope can be used dramatically, or for comedy:

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A number of films have used the premise of witness protection, either as a story RippedFromTheHeadlines, a TrueStory or total fiction. The trope can be used dramatically, or for comedy:
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18th Aug '17 5:02:50 PM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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The United States Department of Justice has a '''Witness Protection Program''', in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of the mafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to rebuild Exit 72 on the New Jersey Turnpike, or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.

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The United States Department of Justice has a '''Witness Protection Program''', in which a person [[HeKnowsTooMuch who has given significant information]] about someone who is wanted for crimes is given a new identity in a new location. It may be used in the case of an innocent party who testified against, say, a member of the mafia, TheMafia, but is often used to protect a member of organized crime who has done a HeelFaceTurn and testified for the government in court. To keep said witness from becoming either part of the concrete used to rebuild Exit 72 on the New Jersey Turnpike, or the main ingredient in Bark-O Dog Food, the Federal government provides them with a new place to live and a new identity.
1st Aug '17 10:03:22 AM DaNuke
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* ''Series/{{Lilyhammer}}'': Protagonist Frank Tagliano's boss is murdered, and his new boss betrays him. Disgruntled, Tagliano turns in his boss and gets enrolled into witness protection. Tagliano remembers Norway to be peaceful and beautiful from having watched the Lillehammer '94 winter olympics on TV, so he requests to be transferred there. HilarityEnsues as Tagliano basically ends up becoming a tough, ruthless mobster surrounded by polite, soft-spoken people.
29th May '17 12:19:49 PM nombretomado
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* Ellen, an old friend of Neal's, is revealed to be in witness protection in the season three finale of ''WhiteCollar''.

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* Ellen, an old friend of Neal's, is revealed to be in witness protection in the season three finale of ''WhiteCollar''.''Series/WhiteCollar''.
26th May '17 8:48:35 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/TheWire'' - the complete and total failure of Baltimore's local witness protection program is a major, recurring plot point. In fact, Carcetti uses the bad press from a witness murder to win the Mayoral election. The kicker: [[spoiler: The guy was actually killed by a ricochet from dumbass drunks shooting bottles.]] In Season 1, a kid agrees to testify against his gang, but the best that Baltimore can do is drop him off at his Grandmother's house in the country. He gets bored, wanders back into the city to hang out with his friends, and is murdered.

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* ''Series/TheWire'' - ''Series/TheWire'': the complete and total failure of Baltimore's local witness protection program is a major, recurring plot point. In fact, Carcetti uses the bad press from a witness murder to win the Mayoral election. The kicker: [[spoiler: The guy was actually killed by a ricochet from dumbass drunks shooting bottles.]] In point.
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Season 1, a kid Wallace agrees to testify against his the Barksdale gang, but the best that Baltimore the Major Crimes Unit can do is for Cedric Daniels to drop him off at his Grandmother's house in the country. He gets bored, wanders back into the city to hang out with his friends, and is murdered.murdered.
**In Season 4, Tommy Carcetti wins the Mayoral election thanks to manipulation of the bad press surrounding the murder of a state's witness. The kicker is that the guy was actually killed by a ricochet from dumbass drunks shooting bottles.
-->'''Ed Norris:''' So our guy's dead because a bullet misses a bleach bottle, and this fuck Carcetti gets to be the mayor behind the stupidity. I fucking love this town.


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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Sgt. Brett Mahoney puts Karen Page under police protection in a hotel after the Blacksmith's men shoot at her in her apartment. The police protection only ends up being a patrol car parked outside, and Karen ends up slipping out to meet with Frank Castle through the parking garage. After the Blacksmith's boat is blown up, Brett mentions to Karen that the cops assigned to protect her have been reassigned to crossing guard duty in Yonkers (the city just north of the Bronx).
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