Lawmaker doesn’t want families helping suspects
Wis. lawmaker wants to make it a felony for anyone to help criminal suspects
MILWAUKEE — At least one Wisconsin lawmaker wants to make it a felony for family members of criminal suspects to help their relatives.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported about a dozen other states have exceptions for family harboring relatives. But Wisconsin law exempts more relatives and permits them to do more to thwart law enforcement.
Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, is circulating a draft of a bill. He wants to make it a felony for anyone, including family, to help or hide a fugitive or destroy evidence in cases of the most serious crimes.
The period to add co-sponsors closes July 16. It’s unclear which committee will take the bill once it is introduced. A hearing is possible later this summer.
Different versions of the bill have repeatedly failed in past sessions.