UPDATE: Wisconsin governor OKs felon-harboring bill

UPDATED Tuesday, April 8, 2014 --- 5:52 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that will create steep fines and prison time for a felon's relatives if they help him or her evade police.

Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from aiding or harboring a felon. But the law doesn't apply to the felon's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchild and siblings.

The bill extends that prohibition to all those family members. If they help the felon they could face fines of up to $20,000 and 10 years in prison depending on the severity of the felon's crimes.

Both the Assembly and Senate passed the bill on voice votes earlier this spring. Walker signed the measure in a private ceremony Tuesday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 13, 2014 --- 5:55 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Relatives of felons who help them evade police could face steep fines and jail times under a bill that has passed the Wisconsin state Senate.

Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from aiding or harboring a felon. But the law doesn't apply to the felon's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings.

The bill passed Tuesday on a voice vote in the Senate would apply that prohibition to all those family members. If they aid the felon they could face fines of up to $20,000 and 10 years in prison depending on the severity of the felon's crimes.

The Assembly passed the bill in February on a voice vote. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 4:16 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bad guy's family could wind up behind bars if they help him hide out from the law under a bill the Wisconsin Assembly has passed.

Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from aiding or harboring a felon. The law doesn't apply to the felon's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings, however.

The Republican bill would apply that prohibition to all those family members. If they aid the felon they could face fines of up to $20,000 and 10 years in prison depending on the severity of the felon's crimes.

The bill passed the Assembly's criminal justice committee on a 7-3 vote earlier this month. The full chamber approved it Thursday on a voice vote. It goes next to the state Senate.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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