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Monday, January 19, 2009

Wenatchee World Editorial on Yousoufian Penalty Ruling

This Wenatchee World editorial looks at the state Supreme Court's recent Yousoufian decision on the proper amount of penalties for Public Records Act violations. The question was whether a $15 per day penalty was appropriate when King County had lied and delayed for years.

The Supreme Court held that $15 was not enough because it would not deter King County. As Justice Sanders put it, "A flea bite does little to deter an elephant."