- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A legislative proposal that aims to prevent offenders from causing their victims “mental anguish” is advancing in the Pennsylvania Legislature.

The House voted unanimously on Wednesday for the proposal, prompted by a recent college speech given by a man convicted of killing a police officer.

The bill says when an offender’s conduct “causes a temporary or permanent state of mental anguish,” victims or prosecutors can seek an injunction or other court-ordered relief.

The proposal was drafted after Mumia Abu-Jamal addressed graduates of Goddard College in Vermont.

Abu-Jamal is serving life for the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania says the bill is overbroad and vague and violates the constitutional right to free speech.

The bill was sent to the Senate.


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