Monday, November 22, 2010

R-71 Court Date Set

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A court date has been set for a decision on whether the names of those who signed R-71 petitions in 2009 should be released to the public.

The trial date is May 31, 2011.

A number of individuals and organizations, including homosexual activist organizations, still have pending requests to harvest the 138,000 names for their own purposes, including contacting those who signed the petitions.

U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle has ruled that the names will remain sealed until the court hearing in May.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks lifted his ban on release of initiative and referendum petition names, including several Tim Eyman initiatives, however, R-71 is not included and will remain sealed.

You may recall when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Attorney General Rob McKenna and Secretary of State Sam Reed, the Court also indicated a possibility of narrower challenges regarding the release of specific measures such as R-71.

We contend that people should have the right to engage in the political process without fear of reprisal from organizations and individuals who hold different beliefs.

A/G McKenna and Secretary Reed are showing no restraint in their attempt to release the names.

My recent 4-hour deposition gave me a very clear understanding of where these two public servants are coming from. From my personal experience, there is much more at play than the obvious.

Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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