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Rochester, N.Y. - The number of threats against federal prosecutors and judges from 2003-2012 has nearly doubled, and after the murders of two district attorneys in Texas, state lawmakers are taking action to protect their own.
State Senator Ted O'Brien and Assemblyman Joe Morelle unveiled legislation in Rochester Thursday that would call for an automatic first-degree murder charge for those who deliberately target District Attorneys and Assistant District Attorneys.
Morelle said it would have been inconceivable just a decade ago to think that people would actually set out to hurt prosecutors.
"We want to be proactive and we don't want to wait until after there's a tragedy to suggest that after the fact that we should change the law," said Morelle.
Under current law, anyone who kills a police officer, firefighter or first responder faces first-degree murder charges.