The ACLU of Washington and the co-amici urge the WA Supreme Court to grant review based on the important constitutional issues at stake and because LFOs cre ate and perpetuate poverty for numerous individuals in WA who are already struggling financially.
We argue that this misuse of obstruction charges has a chilling effect on the exercise of individual rights in interactions with the police. We asked the court to limit interpretation of the statute in order to protect constitutional rights.
We support Mr. Meippen’s case, which argues that this ruling should apply retroactively to allow him and other juveniles given very long adult prison sentences without consideration of youth as a mitigating factor to argue for reduced sentences now.
We explain that police departments that engage in this type of immigration enforcement violate both the federal Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure and the Washington Constitution’s prohibition on warrantless arrests.
We filed an amicus brief with other amici with the Washington Supreme Court arguing that the widely recognized “mitigating factors of youth” should allow for concurrent sentences rather than the consecutive ones required by adult sentencing standards.