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Senate approves constitutional amendment for bail

Maurice Clemmons, 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 Maurice Clemmons, 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

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state Senate has approved a proposed a state constitutional amendment giving judges more power to deny bail.
     
The measure would let judges deny bail if a suspect is charged with a crime carrying a possible life sentence and, based on evidence, is considered a danger to the community.
     
The amendment was spurred by the November shooting deaths of four Lakewood police officers. The suspect in the case was released on bail less than a week before the shooting.
     
The Senate unanimously approved the constitutional amendment Thursday afternoon. It now heads to the state House, but will have to be upheld by voters in the fall to actually take effect.

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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