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House Panel Probes Anti-Terror Hoax Laws

A House panel is considering expanding anti-terror hoax laws in response to a big increase in scary pranks since Sept. 11, and may include language to punish those who try to deceive families of military personnel in combat. Susan Brooks, U.S. Attorney for the southern district of Illinois, told the House subcommittee on crime, terrorism, and homeland security Thursday that federal law for punishing hoaxers is inconsistent. The law allows prosecutors in some cases to charge suspects with a crime carrying a possible life sentence, or the opposite extreme of a relatively minor offense, like lying to authorities, that may not carry significant punishment. Full Story

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