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The sheriff is on solid legal ground on I-1639


January 30, 2019

“I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and, if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

—Thomas Jefferson

Some in Klickitat County are alarmed regarding Sheriff Bob Songer’s intent to not enforce I-1639. It speaks loudly of a deficit of knowledge by some pertaining to the sworn duties of a county sheriff in the U.S.

As an institution over 1,100 years old, the office of sheriff is grounded in ancient common law, crafted to counteract...

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