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LAWSUITS: Tell the whole truth about tragic case

Letter by Steve Bulzomi, Bonney Lake on Dec. 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm with 59 Comments »
December 29, 2011 2:12 pm

Rob Costello and Howard Fischer of the state Attorney General’s Office protest that the state’s liability burden is unfair (Viewpoint, 12-29), citing the McGuire case as an example. Unfortunately, they have misrepresented and omitted the facts of that case.

Tracy Enoch-Jevne, an offender under state supervision, had a lengthy criminal history of more than 20 misdemeanor and five felony convictions, including four DUIs. On the day in question in 1999, she ran over and killed Michael McGuire at a gas station while driving a truck from the passenger seat.

Costello and Fischer fail to mention that the offender was supposed to be in jail on that day, serving a sentence for a DUI conviction. Incompetence by King County and the City of Algona caused her erroneous release from jail two months before she finished her sentence.

The state had responsibility to supervise this offender as part of a conviction. She refused to undergo supervision. The state called the offender “a threat to the community” and acknowledged her refusal to submit to supervision, yet did nothing to supervise or apprehend her.

As a result, the offender was free to run over and kill McGuire. He left a widow, Susan, and a teenage son, Morgan, without a husband, father and breadwinner.

When public servants plead for special relief and cite facts, they ought to cite the facts accurately and completely. We should expect no less from our attorney general and his subordinates.

(Bulzomi was one of Susan McGuire’s attorneys.)

Leave a comment Comments → 59
  1. LibertyBell says:

    What Attorney General, there hasen’t been an Attorney General in the United States for decades!


  2. I feel the victims relatives would prevail in a Lawsuit against all those who were remotely responsible from in aiding and abetting this womans action.By those remotely responsible I believe those people would be,The State,King County,The City of Algona and don’t forget the person that took the life of an innocent bystander.But when does the victim in cases like this ever receive any Justice from Washington States justice system?

  3. “Rob Costello and Howard Fischer of the state Attorney General’s Office”

    Uh….LibertyBell…that would be the Attorney General of the State of Washington.

    You remember – the one that was trying to impress the TEA Party. He’s been MIA since running for Governor. What does the WSJ say about that?

  4. hansgruber says:

    Well,here is Steve telling the whole truth about this tragic incident. Sad indeed. Very sad.

    What Steve forgets to say is….he is suing you and me! That’s right, our taxpayer dollars. No one in DOC or state government will pay a penny out of their salary or savings, not the DOC officer who was supposed to supervise him and the other of hundreds of convicts he has to supervise too, it won’t come from that DOC supervisor or anyone else fron DOC or state government, it comes from you and me in the form of our tax dollars that the state has over spent already.

    See Steve won’t tell you that if the McGuire family had auto insurance, there would be money there, if he had life insurance, there would be money there, if they had estate planning, there would be money there.

    See, this is really about money, the guilty party has no money so Steve will go for the deep pockets, our tax dollars.

    It isn’t there because the state doesn’t have enough money to keep these guy locked up or enough money to hire enough DOC officers to supervise all the crooks they are letting out.

    Don’t get me wrong, I feel sad for the family. I am truly sorry for their loss. It is horrible.

    See if Steve wins and get money from us, then the state will have less money, lay off more DOC folks and let more crooks out with even less supervison. Or,worse yet, increase taxes on us already over taxed tax paying citizens.

    I don’t like lawsuits against the goverment because is steals from you and me.

    Doesn’t make sense to me.

  5. Hansgruber,I feel it would make sense to you if you or one of your family, were the victim in this case.

  6. hans…, I follow your logic and I also hate the thought of our state government having to pay out our tax dollars for jury awards, but when I read what you wrote that the McGuire family should have had auto insurance and they should have had life insurance and estate planning and so on — it seems like you are trying to make a case that it’s the McGuire family’s own darn fault this all happened because they just failed to adequately plan for the husband and father getting himself killed. That’s cold man!

    The thing that seems obvious is that Michael McGuire would not have been killed, at least in this situation, if people we pay to perform duties for us as state workers had been doing their job the way the job is supposed to be done by law.

    What puts me squarely on the side of the McGuire family is this paragraph.

    “Costello and Fischer fail to mention that the offender was supposed to be in jail on that day, serving a sentence for a DUI conviction. Incompetence by King County and the City of Algona caused her erroneous release from jail two months before she finished her sentence.”

    If that is in fact true, and Tracy Enoch-Jevne was supposed to be in jail at the time the fatal accident occurred, then there is just no excuse. If she had been in jail Michael McGuire would not have been killed, by her at least.

    Now, I would go further and say that if it can be determined who the people in the government jobs were who did screw-up, then they should be prosecuted for criminal misconduct and malfeasance of public office, and if convicted they should be required to pay heavy damages back to the state in the amount the state must pay to the McGuires. That seems only fair.

  7. LibertyBell says:


    Have you met the former Attorney General for the State of Washington, and her billions paid out in damages, for the most incompetant state officials and employees seen in generations?

    Oh that right Vote Christine? Love those DSHS Classics, like a settlement offered for 7 million, that ended up in front of a JURY for 18 million? It even get’s better, when the Insurance Company Sues and pays not one cent, for incompetance never before seen in the World, after they begged her to take the offer….

    The United States District Court thewn Sanctions Christine, she’s too important to even show up in a Federal District Court?

    The Ku Klux Act of 1871, love it don’t we, law for reform of the Democratic Party!

  8. LibertyBell says:

    I suppose a Washington State Attorney didn’t write about the local party!

    The Ku Klux Act grew out of a message sent to Congress by President Grant on March 23, 1871, reading:

    “A condition of affairs now exists in some States of the Union rendering life and property insecure and

    Page 365 U. S. 173

    the carrying of the mails and the collection of the revenue dangerous. The proof that such a condition of affairs exists in some localities is now before the Senate. That the power to correct these evils is beyond the control of State authorities I do not doubt; that the power of the Executive of the United States, acting within the limits of existing laws, is sufficient for present emergencies is not clear. Therefore, I urgently recommend such legislation as in the judgment of Congress shall effectually secure life, liberty, and property, and the enforcement of law in all parts of the United States. . . . [Footnote 7]“

  9. LibertyBell just switched gears when I pointed out his/her mistake. I’m still waiting for the demonstration of Constitutional law ignorance.

    Moving on – Hans’ contention that the McGuires should sue their insurance company is not only wrong, it’s disgusting. Their liability coverage would have nothing to do with the neglect on the part of the other party and the State of Washington. Hans goes for the old “taxpayer” juggler, but leaves out that if the State of Washington isn’t neglectful, they owe nothing. Can you imagine how much the insurance company would laugh if the McGuires tried to file a liability claim?

  10. LibertyBell says:

    Bankruptcy, is the 7th Amendment that confusing, 98512?

    $75 million worth, settling for $15.

    “A worried-sounding Crystal Brame told a counselor’s answering machine the day before she was shot that her husband, Tacoma Police Chief David Brame. The message was recorded after news of the Brames’ messy divorce filing broke in local publications, and Mrs. Brame, 35, was worried about her husband’s past threats.

    “He has told me that he hasn’t even begun, that I haven’t seen anything yet” she said on the message she left Dr. Max Knauss on the afternoon of Friday, April 25. “I have a greater concern for my personal safety, now more than ever.”

    Constitutional Law Class 101, “Life, Liberty and Property” what a concept!

  11. RW… Do you understand anything that LibertyBell writes about? If so, could you provide some Cliffs Notes?

  12. Uh LibertyBell….you’re getting deeper in the doo doo…

    The Attorney General’s office doesn’t run DSHS, therefore cannot be held liable for the DSHS incompetance. The AG just handles legal matters for the state agencies.

    In your critique of Gregiore as AG, please include data about your law degree and background.

    Since you seem to be somewhat of a historian, you’ll probably remember this:

    Attorney General Christine Gregoire is called tiger lady, the tobacco slayer, the woman who brought the cigarette industry “to its knees” for her role in negotiating a $206 billion settlement between tobacco companies and 46 states in 1998.
    Source – Seattle Times

    I’d say Lady Gov is up a few billion on the legal contests.

  13. muckibr – it’s the same old TEA Party crappolla that consists of a lot of verbage, with zero substance or fact.

    These are the same people that will tell you that they are voting for Ron Paul because he is the only candidate that follows the Constitution. Of course, they said the same for Donald Trump.

  14. hansgruber says:

    Sincere & Muck – I have a family member that was robbed, raped and murdered (strangulated and stabbed w/ a knife) by a felon who was on community supervision. I have been there.

    We chose not to sue anyone (We have lawyers in the family. We attended the trial, testified and worked with the system. We realized that suing would not change the system, only hurt it by taking away funds, which is my point. She had no life insurance, only her life savings and her home, which was not a lot. I have planned for my family should something happen to me. I have saved, invested and have provided should I die now or later. I realize not everyone is doing it, but they should.

    Here is my point, supervised felons ARE the violent ones, and they are being let out by the thousands. Hundreds are assigned to one DOC officer. As soon as they are locked up, they come back out. Why? Money! The state doesn’t have enough money to keep the felons locked up and by taking money away from that system, even more of these criminals will be coming out. One DOC officer can only be in one place at a time yet this lawsuit maintains that one DOC officer should be with the hundred plus felons at the same time or better yet, just lock ‘em up!

    Why sue DOC? Because they can. They can’t sue the judge or courts for their screw up of letting the felon out early. Why? Because they are immune from lawsuits.

    I do feel for the McGuires but suing DOC is wrong.

  15. But isn’t that like allowing DOC and the state to just sweep this one under the rug until the next time it happens to someone else? When do you call a halt to it, and make some changes to the system so that there’s less of a chance that some innocent person gets victimized like this the next time?

  16. LibertyBell says:

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that Washington spend $67.3 million a year to have an effective, comprehensive tobacco prevention program. Washington currently allocates $750,000 a year for tobacco prevention and cessation. This is 1.1% of the CDC’s recommendation and ranks Washington 42nd among the states in the funding of tobacco prevention programs. Washington’s spending on tobacco prevention amounts to 0.1% of the estimated $620 million in tobacco-generated revenue the state collects each year from settlement payments and tobacco taxes

  17. RW… Well, at least you seem to be able to follow LibertyBell’s posts. And that is impressive, because I am completely baffled by anything he has posted so far. Thanks for the info!

  18. LibertyBell says:

    You should move to 98512, and read about the State Executive office.

    SECTION 1 EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT. The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and a commissioner of public lands, who shall be severally chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and place of voting as for the members of the legislature.

  19. LibertyBell says:

    The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

    I VOTE (D)runk!


  20. LibertyBell says:



  21. LibertyBell says:

    Baffled? Vote (D)

    SECTION 5 GENERAL DUTIES OF GOVERNOR. The governor may require information in writing from the officers of the state upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and shall see that the laws are faithfully executed.

  22. Fibonacci says:


    Heeeeeeee’s baaaaacccckkkkk!/Liberty Bell was on here a couple of years ago and NEVER was on topic. It was just cut and paste. At that time it was Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. Don’t even TRY to understand his posts. He is in a world of his own.

  23. LibertyBell says:

    United States v. Locke, AG Christine, 9-0,

    Where’s your Nanny?

    The State of Washington has enacted legislation in an area where the federal interest has been manifest since the beginning of our Republic and is now well established. The authority of Congress to regulate interstate navigation, without embarrassment from intervention of the separate States and resulting difficulties with foreign nations, was cited in the Federalist Papers as one of the reasons for adopting the Constitution. E.g., The Federalist Nos. 44, 12, 64. In 1789, the First Congress enacted a law by which vessels with a federal certificate were entitled to “the benefits granted by any law of the United States.” Act of Sept. 1, 1789, ch. 11, §1, 1 Stat. 55. The importance of maritime trade and the emergence of maritime transport by steamship resulted in further federal licensing requirements enacted to promote trade and to enhance the safety of crew members and passengers. See Act of July 7, 1838, ch. 191, 5 Stat. 304; Act of Mar. 3, 1843, ch. 94, 5 Stat. 626. In 1871, Congress enacted a comprehensive scheme of regulation for steam powered vessels, including provisions for licensing captains, chief mates, engineers, and pilots. Act of Feb. 28, 1871, ch. 100, 16 Stat. 440.

  24. LibertyBell says:

    Lawsuits! What a topic, where even the United States Supreme Court must wonder what planet these people live on, explained by Justice Kennedy best!

  25. LibertyBell says:

    Cut and Paste, what a concept!


  26. where’s Mr. Wallpaper when we need him?

  27. LibertyBell says:

    The 1st Lie?

    1st Paragraph, just go ask McGuire, about the biggest liar of all!


  28. LibertyBell says:


    “Under her leadership, we are building a better future for Washington families.”

  29. concernedtacoma7 says:

    RW, where does the TEA party play into this? LB seems more OWS to me

  30. aislander says:

    LibertyBell has, at least, developed a muck repellent. Gotta give her that (there’s a VERY old saying: It’s an ill wind that blows no good)…

  31. concerned – you need to brush up on your TEA Party history.

    Hey LB! Just remember:

    Some of our smubbles are trall and some of about boubles are trig, but if we had no troubles how would we blessignize our ressings?

  32. bobcat1a says:

    RW, how did you learn to so fluently speak libertybellese?

  33. LibertyBell says:

    I need to brush up on a reading lesson too, Queen Christine’s, George III’s sister.


  34. LibertyBell says:

    Of course most people are too (D)runk to figure out the simple.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

  35. Misunderestimated says:

    We need to remove the protection from state employees and let them be held liable for their actions in civil and criminal courts just like the rest of us citizens of Washington.
    That would help clean up this mess, instead of letting it mold, fester, and spread like the disease it is.
    That would give victims a source without damaging the very financial foundation of our state.

  36. commoncents says:

    Mis – you have protection as well unless you are found to be negligent in your duties in respect to your job. Your companies insurance will pay out in your behalf.

    What I would like to know is what the circumstances of her release was? Why is there a claim of incompetence? Was it in the middle of a mass release due to lack of funding? Was there overcrowding in the jail? What was the original conviction for? Standard DUI? How long was that sentence? Many questions left unanswered here.

  37. bobcat – that was taken from “Rindercella and her Sisty Uglers”

  38. scooter6139 says:

    I think LibertyBell is off his meds!

  39. LibertyBell says:

    Yea sure thing scooter, this is your Attorney General on Drugs, Murder and the Accessory of Christine Gregouir and Associates.


  40. LibertyBell says:

    Of course when your taking the (d)rugs, of the (d)emocratic party, there favorite Klub, is exposed every time.

    “Whatcom County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Graham was sued for negligence and violation of civil rights pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.”
    That Ku Klux Act of 1871, a self evident truth of our criminal Attorney Generals Office 18 USC 241?

  41. Go Big. Go Liberal. Go Broke.

  42. LibertyBell says:

    Go Liberal, Go Big, Go Klan. Robbins v School District, where leaving your children behind, is an Attorney Generals Requirement.


  43. LibertyBell says:

    Did the Attorney General, flunk the matching Federal Criminal Statute, for the Queens Kriminal Kounty Kourthouse’s Sister, the “CUSTOM” of Washington State, on display everyday.

    TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 13 > § 242
    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

  44. StatueOfLiberty says:


    I VOTE (R)apist

    I VOTE (R)acist

    I VOTE (R)acketeer

    I VOTE (R)adical

    I VOTE (R)abble-rouser

    I VOTE (R)aider

    I VOTE (R)ailroader

    I VOTE (R)at

    I VOTE (R)eactionary

    I VOTE (R)ecidivist

    I VOTE (R)ecession

    I VOTE (R)eprobate

    I VOTE (R)idiculous

    I VOTE (R)ed Guard

    I VOTE (R)egularity

    I VOTE (R)emedial

    I VOTE (R)enegade

    I VOTE (R)eprehensible

    I VOTE (R)epressor

    I VOTE (R)eptilian

    I VOTE (R)epudiator

    I VOTE (R)ectum

    I VOTE (R)evisionist

    I VOTE (R)hinoplastic

    I VOTE (R)ingworm

    I VOTE (R)odent

    I VOTE (R)ooty Tooty Fresh N’ Fruity!

    I VOTE (R)otten

    I VOTE (R)udeness

    I VOTE (R)uffian

    I VOTE (R)uinous

    I VOTE (R)unaway

    I VOTE (R)uthless

  45. And my name is RW.

  46. LibertyBell says:

    And #1, Statute of Life, Liberty, and Property?

    Tort Reform, for a criminal and their accomplished assistants.

    Washington State Constitution
    We, the people of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this constitution.
    SECTION 1 POLITICAL POWER. All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.

    (R)evisonist, for those who have trouble of what a Republic “IS”

    The Supreme Ruler of our Universe, Go Dumbocrats!

  47. LibertyBell says:

    I vote Democrat,

    And Supreme Ruler of the Universe


  48. LibertyBell says:

    The Act Above, shown best in the Seattle Police Murder, of a local Indian woodcarver, Go Democrats!

  49. LibertyBell says:

    1st Democrat, explained by the 1st Republican.

    “I feel much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General Jackson, President. He is one of the most unfit men, I know for such a place. He has had very little respect for Laws and Constitutions, & is in fact an able military chief. His passion are terrible. When I was President of the Senate, he was a Senator; & he could never speak from the rashness of his feelings. I have seen it attempted repeatedly, & as often choke with rage. His passion’s are no doubt cooler now; he has been tried much since I knew him-but he “IS” a dangerous man.”
    Thomas Jefferson(R) with Daniel Webster 1824

  50. LibertyBell says:

    We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
    Martin Luther King(R) 1963

  51. LibertyShip says:

    LibertyBell says: Jan. 1, 2012 at 9:30 am  Martin Luther King(R) 1963

    Ding Dong!!! Ding Dong!!! Ding Dong!!!

    My friend Coop says…

    Ok- here’s the skinny. … King was a registered Republican, as most southern blacks were in the 50s and 60s. The Democrats were a very different party then, being labeled the “Dixiecrats,” big supporters (and often members) of the KKK, in favor of continued segregation, against legislation that would help blacks, etc. As a Democrat, I am pretty embarrassed at this aspect of our party’s history.

    However in 1960, King was arrested for participating in a massive sit-in. At the same time, JFK was making his run for president. King’s father, fearing that someone might act on one of the hundreds of death threats that were being made, requested that Kennedy use his rising influence to have MLK released. Civil rights was not really one of JFK’s key issues, but he received a very large boost in popularity for taking up this issue (Especially in the more populated North) It was rumored that MLK senior promised JFK 10 million votes in exchange for his son’s freedom and a focus on civil rights in the campaign. Many cite this specific event as the biggest migration ever of blacks to the Democratic party (Today of course, Blacks are the strongest demographic in the Democratic party based on percentage)

    So to sum-up, King was a Republican, like most blacks before 1960, but his relationships with democratic leaders like JFK and RFK and Lyndon Johnson made him publicly endorse these candidates. For the support King gave them, and the literally millions of people King brought with him, most of these Democrats were very good in following through with action during the civil rights movement. So while King was most certainly a Republican, it could be argued that he invented the “Black Democrat” as we know it. Republican or Democrat, King was one of the most respected men of the 20th Century. I would say that putting any label of party affiliation kinda distracts from what his message and fight really was. More that anything, he was incredibly gifted at bringing all people together when it came to civil rights

    Coop’s Masters Degree in American History + 8 years of teaching the stuff!

    One good article I read:


  52. Let’s hold the person(s) who poured alcohol into Ms Enoce-Jevne, forced her to drive a truck form the passenger side.
    The only reason to sue the State is so the trail lawyer can get a bigger fee.

    Sincere – shall we include the company that builds an obviously defective truck?

    RW – does the term Tort Reform ring a bell? Put plainly Tort Reform would limit corporate liabilities to $250,000. Thus protecting the corporations from law suits for wrongful actions and depriving trail lawyers windfall profits in legal fees.
    And it’s only coincidental that Trail Lawyers are one of the two top sources of donations to Democrats and the DNC.

  53. Pac33 – in the 50’s and 60’s most Sothern Blacks DID NOT vote due to state laws such as literacy test and poll taxes designed to prevent Blacks off the voter rolls.

  54. beerBoy says:

    Size of “Crack”: The “crack” is approximately 1/2 inch wide and 24.5 inches long. The Bell actually suffered a series of hairline cracks. The area around the crack was expanded in hopes of extending the useful life of the Bell. In the picture at right, note the hairline crack that finally rendered the bell unusable extending upward.


  55. LibertyBell says:

    The Crack, a (D)ing a Ling, party requirement!



  56. LibertyBell says:

    In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


    1st (R) Jefferson “I am a real Christian; that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.”

    2nd (R) Lincoln, what was the first book, mommy made him read?

    3rd (R) Kennedy, 250 lawyers, always scared the Confederate Party, like one Named Lincoln.

    (D) is for (D)elusion, on the Steps of the Lincoln Memorial, after one flunked every US Hisotry Lesson ever given, discussing a couple Civil War Battles….

    The Ku Klux Act of 1871, Pontus Pilot should have also Paid Dearly.

  57. The above post leaves me speechless.

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