Wash. AG Wants Stiffer Penalties For Courtroom Violence

Law360, New York (February 12, 2013, 2:47 PM EST) -- Washington's attorney general called on state lawmakers Monday to approve legislation that would increase penalties for violent acts that occur on courthouse property, citing a jump in national incidents that has court workers and visitors worried.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said national incidents, such as a courthouse shooting Monday in Delaware, and the state's own brushes with courtroom violence should motivate lawmakers to approve a state Senate bill and its companion House bill that increases the penalty for courthouse assaults and allows judges to consider such...
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