NOTING THAT 13 people were killed in Philadelphia between 1999 and 2009 due to witness intimidation, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey yesterday announced plans to introduce a bill to make such intimidation a federal crime.
"Witness intimidation is a cowardly crime that has a chilling effect on the work of our region's law enforcement," Casey said at a news conference at 30th Street Station. "This legislation will give law enforcement and prosecutors additional tools to combat witness intimidation. I'm hopeful we'll get a bipartisan consensus to pass this legislation this year."
The bill would make it a federal crime to kill or attempt to kill a witness, or to use physical force or the threat of force to intimidate a witness.