harboring suspects

Politics & Government
1:32 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Lawmaker Proposes Felony for Families that Harbor Suspects

A state lawmaker wants to make it a felony for family members to harbor criminal suspects.
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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.

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