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It’s still a crime

Deputy Travis Smith was fired for a pattern of poor performance that included criminal acts. But, according to arbitrator Shelly C. Shapiro, although the sheriff was right to discipline him for breaking the law, he did not put anyone’s physical safety at risk and the acts were done out of the public’s view, so he should keep his job.

How many people could we let out of jail if they did not put anyone’s physical safety at risk or nobody saw them do it?

Is it not still a crime?

Peggy Wayne

Spokane


 

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Editorial: Washington state lawmakers scramble to keep public in the dark

State lawmakers want to create a legislative loophole in Washington’s Public Records Act. While it’s nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together for once, it’s just too bad that their agreement is that the public is the enemy. As The Spokesman-Review’s Olympia reporter Jim Camden explained Feb. 22, lawmakers could vote on a bill today responding to a court order that the people of Washington are entitled to review legislative records.