CRIMES CODE (18 PA.C.S.) - AMEND RETALIATION AGAINST WITNESS
                 Act of Dec. 20, 2000, P.L. 837, No. 117              Cl. 18
                             Session of 2000
                               No. 2000-117

     HB 2272

                                  AN ACT

     Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania
        Consolidated Statutes, further providing for retaliation
        against witness, victim or party.

        The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     hereby enacts as follows:

        Section 1.  Section 4953 of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania
     Consolidated Statutes is amended to read:
      § 4953.  Retaliation against [witness or victim] witness,
                victim or party.
        (a)  Offense defined.--A person commits an offense if he
     harms another by any unlawful act or engages in a course of
     conduct or repeatedly commits acts which threaten another in
     retaliation for anything lawfully done in the capacity of
     witness [or], victim or a party in a civil matter.
        (b)  Grading.--The offense is a felony of the third degree if
     the retaliation is accomplished by any of the means specified in
     section 4952(b)(1) through (5) (relating to intimidation of
     witnesses or victims). Otherwise the offense is a misdemeanor of
     the second degree.
        Section 2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

     APPROVED--The 20th day of December, A. D. 2000.

     THOMAS J. RIDGE