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Monday, July 14, 2008

Olympian Editorial on Inmates' Rights to Public Records

The Olympian writes this editorial calling on the Legislature to clarify whether inmates are covered by the rights afforded to everyone else under the Public Records Act. The Supreme Court seems to say yes and the Attorney General says no. Writes The Olympian:

"We know that convicted felons forfeit some rights — the right to gun ownership, the right to vote, etc. But do they forfeit their right to public records as the attorney general suggests? Lawmakers must settle the question with clarifying legislation."