TODAY   |  March 19, 2014

Man eats crime tip in court, faces 2 weeks in jail

Richard Masten of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers faces two weeks in jail on a contempt of court charge for stuffing an anonymous tip in his mouth, instead of handing it over to a judge Friday.

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>>> here's the story that begs the question, what would you do. crime stoppers works to prevent and stop crimes. one of their executives in florida finds himself in trouble with the law this morning. that's because he brazenly refuses a judge's order to turn over important information in a cocaine case. he refused because crime stoppers protects the identity of its anonymous tipsters.

>> well, this is where it gets interesting. instead of sharing the tip with the court, he literally swallowed it. got this all on camera. tears the note, strips and shoves them into his mouth. and for that, the judge found him in contempt of court. he now faces two weeks in jail. oh, boy. well, he's standing by his decision. he says anonymous tipsters reporting serious crimes trust him not to reveal their identities.

>> if you do it in this case, the question comes down the road. well, you did it in this case, why not in that case? well, not going to do it in this case.

>> he says he will bring a toothbrush and pajamas to court just in case he actually is sent to jail.

>> i mean --