Sen. Jennifer Bradley

The measures offering greater protection to defense counsel and enhancing the penalties for anyone who attacks any court-appointed counsel or defense counsel took more steps toward becoming law this week.

On March 13, SB 384 received its first hearing in the upper chamber’s Criminal Justice Committee. The bill, filed by Sen. Jennifer Bradley, R-Fleming Island, serves as the companion bill to HB 71, by Rep. Patt Maney, R-Shalimar, would amend F.S. §775.0823, outlining penalties for violent offenses committed against law enforcement officers, correctional officers, state attorneys, assistant state attorneys, justices, or judges.

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