Prosecutor Eric Richey

Ending a 600 word opinion piece in the March 19th edition of The Bellingham Herald.. Prosecutor Eric Richey of Whatcom County states:“I urge the legislature to pass this bill and continue working in future sessions to decriminalize poverty by eliminating the remaining paths to suspending driver’s licenses, such as missing hearings related to payment plans, that are NOT covered within SB 5226.” (see below for Bill Status)

  Some local sources wonder about decriminalization juxtaposed to the “Rule of Law”.  And whether enforcement and punishment should be “Means” tested.  Who should have the resulting assignment of figuring who should and should not be charged with crime and punished, if guilty.  Should the Prosecutor’s office be the place where the defendant is measured to be above or below the poverty level. (see below for some definitions of Rule of Law)

Background:

In 2019 two Democrats ran for prosecutor in Whatcom County as “reformer’s” of the

County Courthouse

Justice System.  The backing of SB 5226 seems to be one of the “reform” efforts that Prosecutor Richey favors.

In the opinion piece by Prosecutor Eric Richey he states that he wants to relieve the Prosecutor’s office from dealing with Suspended License fines by decriminalizing said suspensions thru Senate Bill(SB) 5226.  This bill is currently in committee in the  State House after passing in the Senate… Status and Bill Documents Here
The prosecutor’s opinion piece appears on the Bellingham Herald Opinion Page here.

On Social Media Senator Doug Ericksen of the 42nd Legislative district Voices the following concerns as well.

“I do not know if Eric wrote this himself, or if this is a stock op ed put out by the liberal

Sen Doug Ericksen

leftists–but there are some interesting items in it:

  • He opens with the term “crimes against the state”. He puts this ahead of crimes against citizens.
  • He goes on to say that the courts should not be debt collectors. Then who should be in charge of enforcing laws that require people to pay their debts? Should that be up to private citizens to create their own courts?
  • The Prosecutor tries to make it sound like our prisons are crowded with people arrested for driving with suspended driver’s license. I would wager that there are very few people in jail solely on the charge of driving with a suspended license.
  • The Prosecutor also seems to claim that our roads will be safer if we allow people to drive with a suspended license or if we do not allow licenses to be suspended.
The Senator adds:
  • “How can a person have enough money own a car, pay for insurance, pay for fuel (which Democrats are trying to massively increase) (Eric Richey is a democrat) and pay for maintenance BUT not have enough money to pay modest monetary fines for violations.
  • Democrats in Olympia are trying to legalize hard drugs (through the courts), let people convicted of violent crimes out of jail, and to not have a process in place to hold people accountable who break laws.
It is an interesting vision for Washington state.”
Senator Doug Ericksen
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“The Rule of Law”

U.S Courts: Rule of law is a principle under which all persons, institutions, and entities are accountable to laws that are: Publicly promulgated. Equally enforced. Independently adjudicated. And consistent with international human rights principles.

A history of the term Wikipedia… The Rule of Law 

The World Justice Project… The Rule of Law Just” Laws
The laws are clear, publicized, and stable; are applied evenly; and protect fundamental rights, including the security of persons and contract, property, and human rights.

Comments are most welcome.  Is decriminalizing the way we should reform our justice system and protect our citizens?  Please let us know.

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. How big has government grown since King Inslee got into office? How many NGOs or NGAs have been adopted by the state to be a “go between” instead of having state employees shirking their duties? The “donor” Inslee installed as the Unemployement czar managed to give away 600 million to Nigerian SCAMMERS and what happens? She is promoted to the “corrupt, criminal” Joke Biden cabal with no accountability for her major screwup! And since that money is no longer the citizens money, The Electeds (what kind of software was used to count the votes, smartware?) have chosen to punish THE PEOPLE with more taxes to make up their loss. Olympia is an authoratarian, secret government that is out of control on spending when the PEOPLE have been locked down and subjected to government mandated road apples like closing businesses and stifling the economic health of our communities.
    YES, it is time THE PEOPLE become the beneficiaries of the largess our government, now, deems is the the governments right to keep and do with as they please with no accountability. Inslee ran for office in 2011, on the ‘PROMISE” that Jay Inslee would NOT raise taxes! 50 billion dollars later!…

  2. I don’t believe that traffic laws are exclusively to raise money by fines. Too often reports of fatal accidents include the conclusion that excessive speed, reckless driving or drugs or alcohol were involved. It appears to me that Eric Richey has no regard for the safety of law abiding citizens.

  3. We have far too many laws and the critters in Olympia pass approximately 1,500 more per session. It it time for a Jubilee/Reset where all existing law are replaced with Common Law, i.e. No harm, no foul. Then downsize all government budgets and personnel by 80% while restoring Citizens with the right to protect themselves and their property with deadly force.

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