Rep. Pat Maney

A measure offering greater protection to defense counsel and enhancing the penalties for anyone who attacks any court-appointed counsel or defense counsel acting in their capacity was reported favorably by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee February 9.

HB 71, filed by Rep. Patt Maney, R-Shalimar, would amend F.S. §775.0823, which outlines penalties for violent offenses committed against law enforcement officers, correctional officers, state attorneys, assistant state attorneys, justices, or judges.