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Police: Give Wash. judges more leeway to deny bail

Maurice Clemmons Maurice Clemmons

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Members of the state's law enforcement community are asking lawmakers to support several bills introduced in the wake of the murders of four Lakewood police officers,
including a constitutional amendment that would give judges leeway in denying bail.
     
Lawmakers on the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness committee took public testimony Tuesday on bills sparked by the shootings, including the constitutional amendment that lets judges deny bail for alleged offenders who are not accused of capital crimes.
     
Maurice Clemmons posted bail just days before the officers were shot at a coffee shop in November.
     
Members of the American Civil Liberties Union and a state defense attorney association were among those who spoke against the bills.

Lakewood cop killer was familiar with bail process

(December 3, 2009)

The man who killed four Lakewood police officers was able to bail out of jail less than a week before by taking loans against two of his houses.
     
The News Tribune of Tacoma says Maurice Clemmons bailed out of the Pierce County Jail a total of three times this year, raising a total of $42,000 in cash or collateral.
     
The News Tribune says he knew the process because he once worked at a bail bond company.
     
Washington property records show Clemmons owned three properties in Pierce County, purchased in 2008.
     
Job records from the state Department of Corrections show Clemmons worked for a recycling company and a plumbing company. He cleaned gutters and formed a pressure-washing company and a hot dog outlet.

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