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Bail campaign moves to voters

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 16, 2010 at 9:57 am with 1 Comment »
March 16, 2010 9:59 am

The campaign has begun for November’s first ballot measure.

A Web site, rememberlakewood.com, is up and running to advocate for limiting the constitutional right to bail. Supporters call it the Lakewood Law Enforcement Memorial Act after the police officers killed by Maurice Clemmons.

At the Web site, you can find the text of the proposed state constitutional amendment,  some pictures of the politicians who pushed it through the Legislature and are promoting it to voters, and an address to send checks. There’s also a Facebook page.

The group’s director is Reagan Dunn, a King County councilman.

Dunn, Gov. Chris Gregoire, lawmakers and family members of the slain Lakewood officers are set to kick off the campaign today at 12:30 p.m. in Olympia.

They’ll make the case that judges should be able to deny bail to suspects who are facing a potential life sentence and whose “propensity for violence” puts the community in danger.

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  1. Mariner253 says:

    Let it also be known that the federal law states that a federal judge can deny bail if the suspect is deemed a threat to the community or certain persons in it. SO this is not unprecedented.

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