Judicial tampering penalties increased

Penalties for witness and jury tampering were increased by legislation passed May 2.

Sen. Justin Wayne
Sen. Justin Wayne

LB496, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Justin Wayne, makes witness, informant or jury tampering a Class II felony when the underlying criminal charge is a Class II felony or higher. A Class II felony carries a penalty of one to 50 years in prison.

The tampering penalty is a Class I misdemeanor when the underlying criminal proceeding alleges a Class II misdemeanor or lower, or a violation of a city or village ordinance. A Class I misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to one year in prison, a $1,000 fine or both.

The bill passed on a 48-0 vote.

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