2001-10-18 / Other News

Senator Kruger Proposes Bill Making Bio-terror Capital Crime

Senator Kruger Proposes Bill Making Bio-terror Capital Crime

Senator Kruger Proposes Bill Making Bio-terror Capital Crime

State Senator Carl Kruger is sponsoring groundbreaking legislation that would make the commission of a bioterrorist act a capital crime in New York State.

The bill was submitted in Albany on Friday, October 12, the same day an NBC "Nightly News" employee was confirmed to be infected with the virus anthrax — the first confirmed case in New York City. Additional cases of possible anthrax contamination in New York City are now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities.

Senator Kruger, a member of the Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, noted that while the heightened state of alert in New York City and elsewhere "may protect the potential victims of bioterrorism, it does nothing to punish those who seek to bypass even the most sophisticated security measures to commit such a heinous act." The bill would create a new subdivision of New York State’s capital statute, permitting for the first time capital punishment in a crime that does not necessarily result in death. Senator Kruger noted that the subdivision, although extreme, is warranted, given our current climate of fear. "Anyone who commits a bioterrorist act is not an ordinary criminal," said Senator Kruger. "That person is an individual with an unusual capacity for cruelty and someone with absolutely no regard for human life." "New York State needs the strongest possible deterrent to these types of attacks. Only the most severe punishment will send the message that we will in no way tolerate this potentially deadly crime," Senator Kruger added. The Brooklyn lawmaker urged other states to follow his lead and introduce similar legislation, "so that perhaps sometime soon we can put an end to these terrorist acts," he said.

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