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Bail denial issue will be on ballot in fall

Tue., March 9, 2010

The Washington Legislature has given final approval to a constitutional amendment that would give judges more power in denying bail.

The measure passed the House by a vote of 92-4 on Monday and heads to voters for final approval in November.

It would let judges deny bail when a suspect is charged with a crime carrying a possible life sentence and, based on evidence, is considered a danger to the community.

The amendment was spurred by the November deaths of four Lakewood police officers who were gunned down in a coffee shop. The suspect was released on bail less than a week earlier.

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