News Rebecca Griego Act
posted by January 14 at 13:32 PMon
Scanning the action in the legislature this week (with an antenna up for “What Are They Doing for You Lately,”) I came across a cool bill being sponsored by—of course—Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Seattle).
Informally known as the Rebecca Griego act, Senator Kohl-Welles is trying to streamline the process for women to get protection from dangerous men. You’ll remember last year, Griego, who was murdered at the UW by her stalker ex-boyfriend, had trouble getting action from the authorities.
And as Jonah reported shortly after the murder, the problem seemed pervasive.
Senator Kohl-Welles’s bill doesn’t have a number yet, but here’s a description of what it would do:
Simplify service of process. A victim should not be penalized if the abuser cannot be served. In the UW murder-suicide incident, although Rebecca Griego made it clear that she wanted her abuser to be prosecuted when he was found, she was unable to serve process on her abuser. The protection order was not served because her stalker had evaded the Seattle Police Department, which is fairly common. Senate Bill XXXX will make it easier for victims to serve process by mail or by publication when an abuser has successfully evaded the authorities.
Griego’s sister Rachel may testify when the bill is introduced in the Judiciary Committee this Wednesday.