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Jerry Cornfield |
Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 10:21 a.m.

Campaign to pass bail measure begins today

The political effort to amend the state constitution gets under way this afternoon.

Citizens for the Lakewood Law Enforcement Memorial Act will hold a 12:30 p.m. event in Olympia to urge passage by voters this fall of the constitutional amendment revising the state's bail laws.

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn is the executive director of the newly formed group. Among the expected speakers are Gov. Chris Gregoire and sponsors of the amendment, Reps. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, and Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw. Attorney General Rob McKenna is also a scheduled speaker.

The ballot measure approved by the Legislature would give judges discretion to deny bail to accused offenders facing life in prison “upon showing by clear and convincing evidence of a propensity for violence that creates a substantial likelihood of danger to the community.”

The amendment, a product of much political negotiation, emerged in response to last year's slaying of four Lakewood police officers.

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