Under the Washington State constitution, bail is not supposed to be granted when a defendant is a flight risk or a danger to the community.
Prosecutors filed papers calling Clemmons a “persistent offender” which means he would have gotten life in prison when convicted of raping his 12-year old daughter under Washington’s three strike law.
So, why the hell did Pierce County Judges John McCarthy and Thomas Felnagle set and grant bail?
If the judges who kept giving Clemmons a pass had taken their concerns seriously, four dedicated police officers would still be alive. A little girl would not have been raped.
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WFTV reported than only 1/4 of the 5,000 orders of protection sought in Orange County were granted last year.
The evidence in Mrs. Blanton’s case was absolutely overwhelming that she was in immediate and present danger. Any judge who can’t see this has no business being on the bench.
WFTV is so incensed that they provide a link for viewers to e-mail the court to protest.
- Judge C. Joseph Rehkamp (PA)
On January 16, Judge Rehkamp, 61, and his second wife Valerie, 50, went out to a couple of restaurants to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Valerie was the designated driver. According to Mrs. Rehkamp’s request for protection from abuse (PFA), the good judge “became quite intoxicated. . .shouting the f-word and being obnoxious with the bartender and waitress.” Mrs. Rehkamp told him he couldn’t stay at their home. He called her an “ass—” and charged after her.
The argument escalated about 8:34 PM. The judge allegedly pushed his wife down, slamming her body into a chair before placing both hands around her neck and choking her. The police report indicated she had red marks on her neck.
In the closely watched San Bernardino County election for Superior Court Judge, James Hosking was declared the winner with only one percent of the votes cast. He was leading incumbent Robert Lemkau 65-35 percent.
Lemkau caused a firestorm when he ignored a woman’s request for a restraining order against her boyfriend after the woman told him her baby’s father threatened to harm the baby. Lemkau gave the man joint custody. Several days later the father killed himself and the toddler.
Georgia Gunzer’s murder on Saturday in Tacoma barely made the news. Mark Fulghum, official spokesperson for the Tacoma police department, chalked it up to just another domestic violence murder. Too bad. So sad. Oh, well. He might have gotten away with the callous indifference but for Ms. Gunzer’s loyal friends.
Ms. Gunzer had sought an order of protection against her drug dealer, convicted felon, ex-boyfriend Al;phonso Albert Bell~ he is the father of their 10-year-old daughter ~ when he was about to be released from prison because she was deathly afraid for her safety. A Pierce County judge refused to grant her an order of protection.