Miami Crime Stoppers executive eats paper tip in courtroom

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HOUSTON - A man who dedicated his life to putting people behind bars may soon have to join them.

Last Friday, Miami-Dade's Crime Stoppers' top executive, Richard Masten, ate a tip instead of letting a courtroom know the anonymous tipster's name. But are Houston Crime Stoppers' tipsters protected? Or will you need to depend upon a paper eating stunt to stay anonymous?

According to Rania Mankarious with Houston Crime Stoppers, "Houston Crime Stoppers' tipsters are absolutely protected. State law absolutely stands behind the tipster. Any information on the tipster isn't even admissible in court. Plus, our men and women who answer our phones aren't even allowed to ask the tipster who or she he is. That includes name, address or even how they came to know this information."

On Thursday, MastenĀ  will find out his punishment. He could pay a fine and could spend two weeks to two years in jail.

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