This story shows the importance of reforming our domestic violence laws.
The Sun reports that Edward Mark Olsen allegedly poured gasoline over his ex-girlfriend and 12-year old son— while they lay sleeping. As is often the case in the worst domestic violence attacks, Olsen had a history of domestic abuse. The bill we are working on for the 2010 legislative session helps keep repeat offenders like Olsen off the streets.
We celebrated a huge victory this month, thanks to the efforts of our Ecology Division. After a four year legal battle, our lawyers secured a $188 million dollar settlement from ASARCO—making it the largest environmental bankruptcy payout in Washington State history.
Check out our press release.
Yesterday we unveiled our legislative agenda for 2010. We’re gratified that our bills have received support from editorial boards across the state.
Yesterday, Attorney General Rob McKenna told reporters he will appeal a Ninth Circuit Court ruling that would give felons the right to vote. Secretary of State joined the conference by phone to offer his support.
On Tuesday the 9th Circuit ruled to restore voting rights to felons on a finding of racial discrimination in Washington’s criminal justice system. The decision garnered editorial attention all across the state, and even an entry in The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog.