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Senate to vote on new bail language

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
March 4, 2010 2:35 pm

The Senate is prepared to vote on a bail proposal.

Last minute tweaks are being made to the language in the compromise amendment to the bill, but Senate Democrats say this is what the amendment proposes to be written into the constitution:

“Bail may be denied for offenses punishable by the possibility of life in prison upon a showing by clear and convincing evidence of a propensity for violence that creates a substantial likelihood of danger to the community or any persons, subject to such limitations as shall be determined by the legislature.”

The language incorporates the governor’s proposal that judges take an offenders dangerousness into account and the House’s demand that all crimes with a potential life sentence be included.

UPDATE: Sen. Mike Carrell says his erstwhile rivals in the House have signed off on the compromise, brokered with help from Gov. Chris Gregoire.

“I think it’s going to sail through,” Carrell said.

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