MADISON — 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.