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Schumer seeks new law to safeguard witnesses

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Penalties for intimidating witnesses need to be increased to protect those who speak out about crimes, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and local law enforcement officials said Tuesday. The representatives hosted a news conference to push for federal legislation that would increase federal penalties for groups such as gangs who seek to intimidate witnesses. The legislation Schumer is pushing would increase the potential maximum penalty for cases of attempted murder or physical violence against a witness ...


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