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Tri-City Herald

333 W. Canal Drive

Kennewick, Washington 99336

United States

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Mesa

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By Donna Zink, In Focus ...

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By Donna Zink, In Focus

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* Donna Zink is the former mayor of Mesa.She was recently awarded about $230,000 in a long-running court battle with the city over access to public records.


The Supreme Court's 7-2 decision reverses ...

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The Supreme Court's 7-2 decision reverses a ruling in King County Superior Court that the Washington State Patrol couldn't release the names, addresses and other information of Level 1 sex offenders to Donna Zink.

The decision clears the way for Zink to reveal the identities of thousands of Level 1 offenders, considered the least likely to reoffend, whose names were previously protected by law enforcement agencies.
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Zink, who told the Herald she was pleased with Thursday's announcement, plans to post the list of names online once she receives it.
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Zink requested the information of more than 21,000 sex offenders, more than half of whom are classified as Level 1, from the State Patrol in November 2013, officials said. She previously requested similar information for more than 400 Level 1 offenders in Benton and Franklin counties.
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The court also ruled Zink would not be awarded any money for the delay in the records being released.
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Zink has been receiving some sex offender information from Benton County through requests she's made. She has already begun posting sex offender information online.
Zink has numerous requests pending throughout the state regarding sex offender information. She does not plan to withdraw any of them due to Thursday's decision, she said.
Zink, the former mayor of Mesa, sued the city in 2003 for withholding public documents she requested. The city offered her a settlement in 2012 of more than $200,000. She turned the offer down.
Zink's many requests have taken up much of her time these last few years, but she will continue to press agencies to release records she believes are public, she said.
"I'd say I'm the busiest law office (ever) that is not a law office," she said.
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Donna Zink of Mesa. Donna Zink of Mesa. Supplied photo


Judge Bruce Spanner's ruling comes after ...

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Judge Bruce Spanner's ruling comes after more than a month of deliberation about whether the data should be released to Donna Zink.

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Zink has no "legitimate interest" in it, Spanner wrote in his 13-page decision.
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Zink -- the former mayor of Mesa who sued the city in 2003 for withholding other kinds of public documents -- requested in July the names, birthdates, addresses, pictures and other information of the Level 1 offenders.
She requested the same information from Franklin County, and it has been released.
Zink has been in a legal fight with several Tri-City lawyers since making her request. She has said she plans to create an online database of the offenders because she believes people should know where someone convicted of any type of sex offense is living. She has said in court that Level 1 offenders can be dangerous, citing a recent Richland case in which a low-level offender is charged with raping and killing an infant.
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Benton County prosecutors do not agree with Spanner's ruling, saying the information should be released to Zink.
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Zink, who has been representing herself, could not be reached about the decision but took to social media Wednesday to blast the ruling. She said she is frustrated the court system is protecting sex offenders.
Zink wrote that Spanner's ruling will not stop her attempts to get the information.
"After all this they would serious(ly) think I was going to roll over," Zink wrote. "Let me give you a clue, when someone works this hard they are not going to quit. At least not till the Supreme Court weighs in. That is what appeals are for."
Zink has requested offender information from the Washington State Patrol database and from Yakima County.
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Zink also requested around 80,000 emails from Benton County. The emails contain sex offender information and other sensitive police information. Spanner ruled information in the emails not pertaining to sex offenders can be released to Zink.
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Zink can't appeal a decision in her case until the county is done reviewing the emails.
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If Zink withdraws the email request, it could speed up her potential appeal, Lukson said.


A Benton County judge has ruled ...

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A Benton County judge has ruled personal information of low-level sex offenders is not public information and should not be released to Donna Zink, the former mayor of Mesa.

Judge Bruce Spanner's decision comes after more than a month of deliberations about whether the information should be released to Zink.


A Benton County judge has ruled ...

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A Benton County judge has ruled personal information of low-level sex offenders is not public information and should not be released to Donna Zink, the former mayor of Mesa.

Judge Bruce Spanner's decision comes after more than a month of deliberations about whether the information should be released to Zink.

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