Cornyn introduces bill to help prosecutor safety

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 10, 2013 at 5:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has proposed legislation that would allow local governments to use existing funds to provide security details for prosecutors and judges in danger of retaliation or intimidation.

The bill, known as the Line of Duty Act of 2013, would also extend the rights of those officials to carry weapons for self-defense.

The Texas Republican says he proposes to provide prosecutors and other law enforcement officials with greater flexibility in protecting themselves and their families.

Cornyn's bill comes after the slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia McLelland and Assistant DA Mark Hasse.

The McLellands were shot to death in their home in Forney on March 30. Hasse was gunned down outside the county courthouse in Kaufman in January. No arrests have been made.

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