Pity the King County taxpayer

In January, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered that King County should pay a larger-than-$124,000-fine in the case of Yousoufian v. Sims

Last week, more bad news for taxpayers but good news for FOIA advocates when King County agreed to pay blogger Stefan Sharkansky $225,000 to settle an open records lawsuit brought by Sharkansky because of King County’s failure to provide election records he requested in December 2004.

So the bill for King County taxpayers is at least $350,000…except it’ll be more, because the state supreme court ordered an elevation of the first fine…and because King County is currently using scarce tax dollars for a Hail Mary appeal of the Supreme Court’s verdict.

This is all in addition to the $541,000 the State Department of Corrections was ordered to pay in 2007, and I’m sure there are others I’ve missed.


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