Previously in the Washington State Legislature.
Representative Ross Hunter, who amazingly enough is the chair of the Ways and Means committee, has introduced legislation to repeal one of the most beneficial self-defense laws Washington State has. He want’s to repeal RCW 9A.16.110, which allows for reimbursement of legal defense costs when a person is acquitted of a crime on the basis of self-defense.
Shortly there after it appeared that his efforts were dead on arrival. Apparently not given a work session happening in the house judiciary committee today.
- Overview of the Self-defense Reimbursement Statute.
- Wrongful Conviction Compensation.
- Briefing and discussion of Government liability and risk management practices.
- Immigration Services and Assistance.
That second line is disturbing given the events of last April. While 9A.16.110 pertains to those found not guilty by reason of self-defense, there is no other similar topic that fits under that subject line. Given the budget problems within the state it is obvious that they are looking for places to save money.
Here’s a better idea, stop the wrongful prosecutions all together and force prosecutors to pay out of their own pocket in the event a case is ruled self-defense. Then you don’t have the court costs involved with the not guilty verdict either.
*Note this is a work session and the special session for November has not convened yet. Doesn’t hurt to start ringing bells now.