Read em' and weep:
How about that! Thank you Governor Gregoire for making my day!
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A panel assembled by Governor Chris Gregoire is recommending a constitutional amendment following the recent killings of police officers.
The amendment would give judges more discretion when setting bail for potentially dangerous offenders.
"Hey guys, I've got a grand idea!! Let's keep these violent shitheads in prison where they belong instead of paroling them back into the wild where they feed on good people!"
Hopefully this doesn't get screwed up or watered down. There's always that overarching threat of "good intentions," as well as unintended consequences when it comes to things like this, and I would like to see some real effort go into finding the edges of them. Also, I'm sure in Washington there are also plenty of dangerous judges that probably shouldn't be given any more power than they already have; but that's too little too late. Ultimately, I think mandatory minimum sentences are way too dangerous; and so the middle ground between letting dangerous criminals walk free or just rubber stamping out long sentences on any Tom, Dick, or Harry that crosses the bar is to give the judges the ability to sift out the folks who don't deserve the long sentence, and really putting the screws to the scumbags who do.
And to think they came to this conclusion without the help of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership or the Mayors Against Interesting Guns.