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WA: Court postpones decision on releasing sex-offender registration forms [UPDATED]

UPDATE 1/30: Judge rules sex offender data in Benton County not public information

YAKIMA, Wash. — A Columbia Basin woman seeking the names of all low-level sex offenders in Yakima County will have to wait another month to learn if she’ll get the list. A public records request by Mesa resident Donna Zink, who has sought similar lists in other counties in order to post the names on her website, has been on hold after a group of offenders last month obtained a temporary injunction against the release.

On Wednesday, Yakima County Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson continued a hearing on the county’s request to dissolve the injunction because Zink wasn’t named in the lawsuit asking her request be denied. Full Article

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  1. Eric Knight

    Whoa! Admission by a judge about registrants is telling!

    “There is no showing that the information requested is either relevant or necessary,” Spanner wrote. “Our Supreme Court has determined that Level 1 sex offender registration is in most instances ‘confidential’ and that the public has ‘no legitimate’ interest therein because those offenders do not pose any threat to the community.”

    A judge has ruled that registrants pose NO danger to the community, in direct rebuke to Smith v. Doe. Too bad this wasn’t California, otherwise CA RSOL could petition to remove ALL those on the registry who are the equivalent of Level 1’s in Washington.

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