Spitting on prosecutors would become felony under GOP bill
Currently, they can only charge people with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for the act
MADISON, Wis. — Spitting at prosecutors could carry a felony charge under a bill the Wisconsin Assembly is slated to vote on Tuesday.
It's already a felony for someone to throw or expel bodily substances at police, prison guards, firefighters and first responders, such as emergency medical technicians and ambulance operators. The GOP bill would extend that protection to prosecutors, who currently can only charge people with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for the act.
The bill's supporters say the increased penalty of up to 3 ½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines will make people think twice before spitting on prosecutors. Democrats say tougher penalties won't stop attacks that are often tied to mental illness.
The Assembly plans to take up the bill in a session starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
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