The bill expands the ways that intimidating a witness may be committed by stating
that the threat or act that constitutes intimidation can be either direct or indirect. It adds that the threat or act that constitutes intimidation can be directed at a person the perpetrator believes may have information relevant to a criminal investigation or a person the perpetrator believes may be able to exert influence upon a witness or victim.
The bill also adds that the crime of intimidating a witness can be committed by intentionally attempting to influence, or actually influencing, a witness, victim, or any other person with knowledge of relevant information to withhold information from, or provide false information to, law enforcement, a defense attorney, or defense investigator .
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)