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WA: Benton County judge bars county from providing sex offender data

KENNEWICK — A Benton County judge’s signature Friday on four separate orders cleared the way for Donna Zink to appeal in her pursuit to get information on low-level sex offenders.

Superior Court Judge Bruce Spanner has barred the county from fulfilling the Mesa woman’s request for the names of more than 400 Level 1 sex offenders, their registration forms and letters sent to them after Zink first filed for the public records last year.

Spanner ruled in January that the personal information is confidential and could cause irreparable harm to the offenders if released, and made it official with Friday’s permanent orders. Full Article

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  1. Q

    I assume this person thinks she is smarter than those that decided these people pose no risk and their information should be kept out of the public’s hands.

    “Zink has said she wants the information , including addresses and pictures, to create a digital database so people can know if sex offenders are living in their neighborhoods. “

    This sounds like one sick chick in need of approval from her peers. I’m sure she is getting pleasure from all the media attention and this is reenforcing her delusion that she is a protector of the public. Zink displays the lowest form of ignorance often displayed by the state. Her registry could serve no useful purpose other than top satisfy her need for approval. I think she needs a hobby; or a psychiatrist.

    The fact that people are allowed to wast state resources on these kind of actions is another indication of the lack of thought that went into the creation of the latest favorite villain; the registrant. The option pf private registries needs to be taken away from the public.

  2. cool rso guy

    “cause irreparable harm to the offenders if released,”

    right and why is this not APPLY to all higher level?

  3. Brubaker

    Good coolrsoguy::…constitutional equal protection can apply and they should demand it.

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