Sunday, October 10, 2010

Private Investigator News: Washington State judge makes petition signers name a public record

"Information regarding the signers of initiative petitions in Washington were made public Sept. 30 in response to a state superior court judge’s decision to lift a ban on the disclosure of 11 petitions, according to the Office of the Secretary of State.

Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks removed his temporary restraining order on initiative petitions that had been requested for public inspection after a hearing on Sept. 3. The reversal was in reaction to a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Doe v. Reed, which determined that, as a general matter, the release of petition signers' names does not violate signers' First Amendment rights."  
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