Bill would make threatening family law attorney a felony

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- A hearing will take place in Madison Tuesday regarding a bill that would make it a felony to threaten or harm guardian ad litem or attorney.

The bill's goal is deter those who may think they can manipulate family law by threats.

Currently, it is a felony to threaten a judge, law enforcement officer or prosecutor.

The bill was authorized in memoriam of Marathon County guardian ad litem, Sara Quirt-Sann. She was one of four people killed March 22, 2017 during a domestic-fueled shooting spree.

Sara's husband Scott Sann is apart of a community based action group called "Wausau Metro Strong," and will also be heading to Madison to rally support for this bill.

"There are so many people within this community that are very gifted, talented and are participating in this. We are hoping there will be other measures that will be added to our community and make people feel safer," said Sann.

Scott said he wants to make sure what happened to his family doesn't happen to anyone else.

"I use to listen to Sara when she would come home from work but I never thought someone would act on their words," said Sann." You don't get anything accomplished by sitting at home, sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves to make change"

The bill was introduced with the support of Senator Jerry Petrowski and Representative Pat Snyder.

"They contacted me and Representative Snyder to try and find a way to include this in those protections that are in place already. And so we've drafted something that we believe has a good chance of getting through. And I hope that we are successful, I really think that this law will be probably be known as 'Sara's law' once it gets to the governor's desk and gets signed," said Sen. Petrowski.

Investigators said the sole motive for her murder was that she was the attorney representing the shooter's estranged spouse.

The gunman also killed two of his estranged wife’s co-workers, Dianne Look and Karen Barclay and a Police Detective, Jason Weiland.



 
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