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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 101         FILED ON: 1/18/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 778

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jennifer L. Flanagan

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to prevent intimidation in all courts of the Commonwealth..

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jennifer L. Flanagan

 

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

 

Joseph D. Early, Jr.

District Attorney, Middle District
225 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 101        FILED ON: 1/18/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 778

By Ms. Flanagan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 778) of Jennifer L. Flanagan, Jennifer E. Benson and James B. Eldridge for legislation to prevent intimidation in all courts of the Commonwealth.  The Judiciary. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 2311 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act to prevent intimidation in all courts of the Commonwealth..
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Subsection (1)(i) of section 13B of chapter 268 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the word "criminal" in line 7 and inserting in place thereof the word:- court.

              SECTION 2. Subsection (1)(iv) of section 13B of chapter 268 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the word "criminal" in line 16 and inserting in place thereof the word:- court.

              SECTION 3.  Subsection (1)(v) of section 13B of chapter 268 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the word "criminal" in line 18 and inserting in place thereof the word:- court.

              SECTION 4. Subsection (1)(v) of section 13B of chapter 268 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the word "criminal" in line 21 and inserting in place thereof the word:- court.

              SECTION 5. Subsection (4) of section 13B of chapter 268 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the word "criminal" in line 41 and inserting in place thereof the word:- court.

              (1) Whoever, directly or indirectly, willfully

                            (a) threatens, or attempts or causes physical injury, emotional injury, economic injury or property damage to;

                            (b) conveys a gift, offer or promise of anything of value to; or

                            (c) misleads, intimidates or harasses another person who is:

                                          (i) a witness or potential witness at any stage of a criminal investigation, grand jury proceeding, trial or other court proceeding of any type;

                                          (ii) a person who is or was aware of information, records, documents or objects that relate to a violation of a criminal statute, or a violation of conditions of probation, parole or bail;

                                          (iii) a judge, juror, grand juror, prosecutor, police officer, federal agent, investigator, defense attorney, clerk, court officer, probation officer or parole officer;

                                          (iv) a person who is or was furthering a criminal investigation, grand jury proceeding, trial or other court proceeding of any type; or

                                          (v) a person who is or was attending or had made known his intention to attend a grand jury proceeding, trial or other court proceeding of any type with the intent to impede, obstruct, delay, harm, punish or otherwise interfere thereby with a criminal investigation, grand jury proceeding, trial or other court proceeding of any type shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 2 1/2 years in a jail or house of correction or not more than 10 years in a state prison, or by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000.

              (2) As used in this section, "investigator" shall mean an individual or group of individuals lawfully authorized by a department or agency of the federal government, or any political subdivision thereof, or a department or agency of the commonwealth, or any political subdivision thereof, to conduct or engage in an investigation of, prosecution for, or defense of a violation of the laws of the United States or of the commonwealth in the course of his official duties.

              (3) As used in this section, "harass" shall mean to engage in any act directed at a specific person or persons, which act seriously alarms or annoys such person or persons and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress. Such act shall include, but not be limited to, an act conducted by mail, electronic mail, internet communications, facsimile communications, or other telephonic or telecommunications device.

              (4) A prosecution under this section may be brought in the county in which the criminal investigation, grand jury proceeding, trial or other court proceeding is being conducted or took place, or in the county in which the alleged conduct constituting an offense occurred.

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