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Felons in Washington will continue to be unable to vote until they finish their community custody after a Democratic attempt failed Wednesday evening to restore those rights when they leave prison.
Legislation to amend the state’s constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families will get a hearing
Backers of a sweeping constitutional amendment on victims rights say they’ll be back next year, after an Idaho House committee rejected the amendment this year following days of emotional hearings.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana and representatives of city and county governments on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to declare that a voter-passed initiative establishing crime victims’ rights should not go into effect until July 1.
OLYMPIA – By the time Arlene Roberts’ killer came up for sentencing, the 80-year-old woman had been dead for more than three decades, and no friends or relatives were left to speak for her in a right Washington guarantees to victims and their families. So King County sheriff’s Detective Scott Tompkins, who cracked the “cold case” in 2010 by tracking a fingerprint left at the scene to Ronald Wayne MacDonald, spoke. He argued that MacDonald, who accepted a plea bargain to second-degree manslaughter to avoid a trial on first-degree murder, should get a stiffer sentence than the agreement stated. Roberts was strangled with a blouse and a hairnet, and died “a horrific death,” he said, producing photos from the crime scene in the elderly widow’s trailer.
OLYMPIA -- A Senate committee looks at a change to state law that would allow police to speak for cold case victims when no one else is available.