Washington State Senate passes bill that would put convicted murderers and rapists back on the streets

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OLYMPIA, WA- According to a press release from Sen. John Braun (R-20th District), Senate Bill 5036 has been passed by the Senate’s Democratic majority, thereby allowing convicted murderers and rapists to pursue early release from prison.

Currently, there are 128 offenders now serving time for aggravated murder or first-degree murder who would immediately become eligible to apply for commutation of their sentences.

In addition to that, another 68 violent offenders would be eligible to seek commutation within the next five years.

Reportedly, an additional 321 offenders who have been sentenced to life without parole (LWOP) who have been incarcerated for more than 20 years can apply for a commutation.

Individuals convicted of capital murder, such as Gary Ridgway, better known as the “Green River Killer,” would be eligible to apply for a commutation if they have served over 25 years. According to the press release:

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“Other LWOP offenders in Washington prisons include 10 offenders convicted of first-degree rape; five more convicted of first-degree rape of a child; and eight more convicted of first-degree child molestation.”

Under Senate Bill 5036, LWOP offenders would no longer be subjected to the “utmost scrutiny” standard that is currently found in the state law on clemency and pardons. In response to the Democratic vote, Braun released the following statement:

“I believe in redemption, in forgiveness and in grace, but how tone-deaf can the Democratic majority be to pass a bill that would result in our communities being exposed to murderers and rapists who should never go free?”

He added:

“Washington already has a public-safety crisis, between rising crime rates and the anti-police laws that absolutely must be fixed this year. The Legislature should be creating laws that protect our communities and victims, not be looking for ways to put violent offenders back out on the street to victimize others.”

Braun continued by saying:

“Senate Bill 5036 has a host of problems. Just yesterday, a member of the Clemency and Pardons board said the most important aspect of the board is that it is voluntary. Yet the majority’s bill would change the board from voluntary to paid.” 

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Braun added:

“Language buried in Section 7 of the requires the Clemency board to recommend an incarcerated individual be released unless they determine by a preponderance of the evidence that the inmate is more likely than not to commit new crimes – the bill presumes release.

Our communities and victims, in particular, deserve far better than that.”

Braun added that this same bill was “put down by the House” in 2021, adding:

“That needs to happen again this year. I hope the House will recognize just how damaging this bill would be if it becomes law – how insulting it is to the victims and their families. It’s unconscionable.”

There are several families of victims who oppose the bill, including the families of the women murdered by Ridgway.

Even so, prisoner rights advocates believe in the bill, saying that the idea of being “locked up” for life should be a “thing of the past.” State Sen. Manka Dhingra, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, said:

“This bill would establish a system in which individuals who have reformed themselves over many years could be released to community custody. This is not about pardons. This is about recognizing that people change.”

State Sen. Judy Warnick, a Republican who does not support the bill, said in a statement:

“I believe in forgiveness, but some people need to stay where they have been placed by the courts. I am a solid ‘no’ for this bill.”

The bill reportedly passed along party lines with a 28-19 vote and now heads to the state House were Republican Rep. Jenny Graham said she is ready to fight it. Her sister, Debra Estes, was a victim of Ridgway.

Predicting that Ridgway would be a target if he were released early, she said in a statement:

“I think it’s dangerous for our community, especially when you look at somebody like Gary Ridgway. He’s not going to survive. He’s not going to survive. Somewhere somebody is going to recognize him if he were to get out.”

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After being sued for releasing countless convicted criminals, Oregon governor says she’ll wait – for now

February 3rd, 2022

SALEM, OR – The Democrat Governor of Oregon has decided to stop granting clemency requests while a lawsuit challenging her authority to release convicted criminals works its way through the courts.

A group of murder victims’ families filed the suit over her use of clemency.

Democrat Governor Kate Brown has agreed to stop granting clemency requests from February 2nd until March 2nd which is when everyone expects a judge to decide if Brown’s use of clemency lines up with her vested authority.

Kevin Mannix, the attorney for some of the family members, believes the judge in the case will find that Governor Brown has exceeded her authority.

In the lawsuit, attorneys for those represented allege that the Governor’s office has not been properly notifying surviving victims that she has granted clemency to their attacker.

Additionally, the lawsuit claims that Governor Brown unlawfully exceeded her authority when she delegated clemency duties to other state agencies, including to the Oregon Board of Parole.

Monique DeSpain, another attorney for the Mannix Law Firm, spoke to Fox News about the Governor’s decision to stop allowing convicted criminals to go free. She said:

“Our clients, particularly our surviving victims, feel very hopeful and vie the Court’s order as a good sign that they are finally being heard and that the law will be enforced.”

Two of the violent felons that were granted clemency are murderers. The first one, Andrew Johnson, brutally murdered his own mother by stabbing her in the head ten times.

After the murder, he stole $2,000 and went on a shopping spree before he was busted. Instead of serving 25 years to life in prison for murder, he was granted clemency and released after only seven years.

The second murderer released was Richard Alsup who was one of three teenagers that brutally murdered a developmentally disabled girl, Jessica.

Alsup and two others stabbed her multiple times, “mutilated” her body before lighting her on fire.

Alsup was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. And again, instead of serving his prison sentence, he was granted clemency and released after having served 16 years.

Another example is that of Cayche French who shot his brother, Austin French to death on Halloween in 2006. He was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life, but released after only 14 years.

Melissa Grassi, the girlfriend of Austin, joined the lawsuit and said she is doing so to learn why Governor Brown and her administration do not, in her opinion, care about victims and their surviving family members. She said:

“I just want to know why I, or any of the other victims, don’t seem to matter to the governor.”

One person who is not involved in the lawsuit but paying very close attention is Justin Olson, the son-in-law of murder victim Dale Rost, III.

Olson’s father-in-law was shot and killed by Lynley Janet Rayburn two days before Christmas in 2006.

In that case, Rayburn and her boyfriend, AJ Smith, were high on methamphetamine and decided to go out looking for trouble, armed with a rifle. When they encountered Rost, they tied him up while searching for anything they could use for money.

After they had found everything they could of value, they shot and killed Rost and fled in his vehicle. The couple then went around town on a shopping spree with Rost’s credit and debit cards.

Rayburn has applied for clemency even though she has served around half of her 27 and a half-year prison sentence. Olson hopes that Governor Brown will deny her request, but instead has told that a decision on the matter will be delayed.

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Fraternal Order of Police slams Biden team and Psaki for “laughing off” exploding crime rate

WASHINGTON, DC- The giggle administration strikes again, this time White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki—and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) isn’t laughing.

On Monday, the National FOP slammed Psaki, accusing her of mocking rising concerns of the American people over rising crime rates. Psaki’s chuckling lack of concern over what has become a borderline crisis came the same week two New York City police officers were being laid to rest.

National Review reports that FOP President Patrick Yoes took Psaki to task in a statement:

“I think it’s wrong—very wrong—for Ms. Psaki to suggest that violent crime in our country is of no concern or to just laugh it off.”

“She may feel safe in the White House, one of the most protected buildings in the United States, but not everyone feels safe in their workplace. The world we find ourselves in is dangerous and increasingly more so. Tens of thousands of people have been the victims of crime this month alone, and some of them never made it back home,” Yoes said.

Psaki was appearing on the Pod Save America podcast and Psaki seemed to be shocked that Americans are concerned with the spiking crime rate, caused in part by Democrats’ soft-on-crime, anti-law enforcement policies.

The condescending Psaki was talking about how so-called “right wing anchors” have been focusing on the rise in crime, to which Psaki—doing her best imitation of Kamala Harris—giggled,

“And then on Fox is Jeanine Pirro talking about ‘soft-on-crime consequences.’ I mean, what does that even mean? Right, so there’s an alternate universe on some coverage. What’s scary about it is a lot of people watch that.”

Psaki referenced coverage on networks such as CNN and MSNBC, which have ignored the crime spike while still obsessing on former President Trump and January 6, 24/7. So where exactly is the “alternate universe” again?

Psaki was asked about her comments during the White House press briefing Monday by Fox News reporter Jacqui Hendrich. Psaki, claimed her words were “taken out of context” and that she was merely rebutting accusations that the Biden administration is “soft-on-crime.”

However listen to what she said and decide for herself. She claimed Biden is meeting with city leaders, such as the new mayor of New York Eric Adams to work on the issue.

Psaki then once again referenced the American Rescue Plan, which she claims contains funding to “support local cops programs, something that every single Republican voted against.”

 

None other than the Washington Post had previously given Psaki “three Pinocchio’s” for her contention that the $1.2 trillion boondoggle contained funding for police. It has funding for cities in the form of grants, but cities can spend that money in any manner they choose. There isn’t money directed specifically toward law enforcement. The Post called Psaki’s assertion “mostly false.”

In conducting their fact-check of Psaki’s statement, the Post wrote that prior to the vote on the plan, Republican lawmakers had received no assurances from Democrats that the $350 billion directed toward “state and local aid” would in fact be directed toward police departments.

“…lawmakers had no guarantee that police would get a slice of the pie,” the fact-checker wrote.

According to Fox News, Psaki claimed Monday that Biden had increased funding for the COPS program, which provides funds to hire more police officers.

Psaki might want to check crime statistics before she makes absurd claims such as she did on the podcasts. Last year, at least 16 cities—all run by Democrats—saw record murder rates. In addition, a Council on Criminal Justice study last month found that in 22 major U.S. cities, murders rose 5%, gun assaults increased 8%, aggravated assaults increased 4%, and domestic violence increased 4% in 2021.

She might also want to speak with everyday Americans, who have called crime one of the biggest issues facing the country.

According to a Fox Business poll conducted in January, 77% of registered voters said they are “extremely” or “very” concerned about higher crime rates, ranking second behind inflation on what Americans are concerned about.

In addition to slamming Psaki’s comments, Yoes also directed his ire to “agenda-driven prosecutors who have gone rogue.”

“Many of them are refusing to bring charges against so-called ‘low-level’ or ‘nonviolent’ offenders,” Yoes wrote. “Under their leadership, which has been abhorrent in many cases, many violent offenders don’t stay in jail—they’re back on the streets and free to commit more crimes.”

For example one such rogue prosecutor, San Francisco’s Chesa Boudin ran on a platform of not prosecuting “quality of life crimes” and other low-level offenses. People who voted for him were apparently not listening to his message, and now they’re having “buyer’s remorse,” with a recall effort currently underway as crime has exploded in the City by the Bay, including a 16.7% increase in homicides and a 22.7% increase in larceny, police data shows.

Meanwhile just down the coast in Los Angeles, another radical DA, George Gascon is also subject to a recall election. Last year, LA saw some 400 homicides, making it the city’s deadliest year since 2007.

Now in New York, another DA who was just elected in Manhattan issued a memo directing prosecutors to seek alternatives to incarcerating criminals except for “very serious cases.” That DA, Alvin Bragg, walked back his plans after two NYPD officers were executed during a domestic violence call and after facing sharp criticism from city residents.

It should be noted that Boudin, Gascon and Bragg were all elected in large part due to support from socialist pro-criminal George Soros.

In closing his letter, Yoes referenced the words of NYPD Officer Jason Rivera’s widow at his funeral last week, where she said:

“The system continues to fail us. We are not safe anymore, not even members of the service.”

“These are stark words, but they are nonetheless true,” Yoes said. “Pretending violent crimes are part of some other reality will not help victims. Ms. Psaki owes them an apology.”

Amen!

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