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Erin Andrews To Push Tuesday For Tougher Anti-Stalking Laws


Jul. 27 2010, Published 9:15 a.m. ET

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ESPN reporter and Dancing With The Stars alum Erin Andrews is in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to demand tougher anti-stalking laws, and has details.

Andrews made national news in 2009 and unwillingly became an Internet sensation when a stalker posted nude videos of her secretly recorded in a hotel room she was staying in.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, will introduce the Simplifiying The Ambiguous Law, Keeping Everyone Reliably Safe Act, also known as STALKERS.

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Reps. Loretta Sanchez, D-California, and Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, introduced the legislation in the House last week.

"Physical stalking, cyberstalking, and other acts of intimidation are serious crimes that deserve serious consequences," Sanchez said in offering the bill. "But the reality is our laws don't do enough to protect victims and empower prosecutors. This bill would strengthen existing laws to ensure all forms of harassment are taken seriously in the eyes of the law."

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Michael David Barrett, a 49-year-old Illinois insurance executive, pleaded guilty to a federal stalking charge in December.

This past March, Barrett was sentenced to more than two-and-a-half years in federal prison.

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Andrews will appear with the lawmakers at a 10:30 am ET news conference at the House Triangle just off Independence Avenue near New Jersey Avenue.


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