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GOP to defendants: Don't spit on the prosecutor

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature want to make spitting on prosecutors a felony.

It's already a felony for someone to throw or expel bodily substances at emergency medical technicians, first responders, law enforcement officials, firefighters or ambulance operators. The GOP bill would extend that protection to prosecutors, who currently can only charge people with disorderly conduct for the act.

Republican Rep. Todd Novak says the increased charge could make people think twice before spitting on prosecutors.

Democrats are cool to the idea. They say tougher penalties won't stop attacks that are often tied to mental illness.

The bill is headed to the Assembly floor Tuesday.

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