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Washington State: Sheriff May Be Recalled For Not Enforcing Lockdown Order

• by Defense Maven

Ironically, Governor Inslee's lockdown order cannot be enforced without violating the Washington state constitution. A woman by the name of Lori Shavlik filed a recall petition against Sheriff Fortney but must gather 42,000 signatures over the next six months. She says she will hire professionals to run the recall effort. A second recall petition has been filed and was endorsed by two defense attorneys, an immigration lawyer, and a civil attorney. Sheriff Fortney's request for the county to cover the legal costs for responding to the recall was denied. A fundraising page established to help pay for his legal expenses already has has raised over $68,000.

The Snohomish County sheriff is facing a potential recall after a judge decided he violated his oath to uphold the law by saying he wouldn't enforce any lockdown orders.

However, law enforcement has no legal way to enforce the lockdown order on individuals without violating the Washington State constitution, and so Governor Jay Inslee has not asked law enforcement to be involved.