Voters Could Make It Easier For Judges to Deny Bail

Seattle Times:

Because of a constitutional amendment on this November’s ballot, [voters] will have a chance to exercise some power: deciding how certain risky defendants will be funneled through the judicial system.

Maurice Clemmons, who had a violent criminal history, faced four felony charges and possibly life in prison when he was bailed out of Pierce County Jail on Nov. 23. Six days later, Clemmons stepped into the Forza Coffee Shop and assassinated Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards.

In response, lawmakers proposed amending the state constitution, which says all persons accused of a crime are entitled to bail except those charged with aggravated first-degree murder. Approval requires a simple majority of voters.