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Politics & Government
Wed July 10, 2013
Lawmaker Proposes Felony for Families that Harbor Suspects
A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to make it a felony for family members of criminal suspects to help their relatives.
Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon is circulating a bill for signatures. He wants to make it a felony for anyone, including family, to help or hide a fugitive or destroy evidence in cases of the most serious crimes.
A hearing is possible later this summer. Different versions of the bill have repeatedly failed in past sessions.
A dozen other states make exceptions for family harboring relatives. However, Wisconsin law exempts more relatives.