S.2127 - State Witness Protection Act of 2012

A bill to protect State and local witnesses from tampering and retaliation, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: A bill to protect State and local witnesses from tampering and retaliation, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: State Witness Protection Act of 2012 as introduced.

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Official Summary

State Witness Protection Act of 2012 - Amends the federal criminal code to impose criminal penalties on any person who kills, or attempts to kill, a witness in a state or local judicial proceeding, who uses physical force or the threat of force against such a witness, or who offers such wit

Official Summary

State Witness Protection Act of 2012 - Amends the federal criminal code to impose criminal penalties on any person who kills, or attempts to kill, a witness in a state or local judicial proceeding, who uses physical force or the threat of force against such a witness, or who offers such witness anything of value with the intent to:
(1) influence, delay, or prevent the testimony or attendance of such witness at a state or local judicial proceeding;
(2) prevent the production of a record or document in a state or local judicial proceeding;
(3) cause or induce any person to withhold testimony or evidence, destroy evidence, evade legal process, or be absent from a state or local judicial proceeding;
(4) hinder, delay, or prevent any person from providing information to a state or local law enforcement officer or judge; or
(5) retaliate against any person for attending a state or local judicial proceeding or providing information to a law enforcement officer. Directs the U.S. Sentencing Commission to amend guidelines to increase the sentencing range for obstruction of justice if such crime involved threatening, harming, or bribing a witness or the destruction of evidence.

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