A judge recently denied an appeal by a Richland attorney to represent a majority of low-level sex offenders in Benton County.
Attorney Greg Dow made a motion in September to lead a class-action lawsuit. He wanted to lead the lawsuit to provide the offenders with legal representation and try to block the release of their personal information, he said.
All Level 1 sex offenders' information in Benton County was requested by Donna Zink of Mesa on July 15 under the state's public record law. Zink said she plans to post the information on the Internet.
Spanner denied Dow's motion at the Sept. 14 hearing and Dow appealed. This week, Spanner again ruled against Dow.
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Dow plans to appeal Spanner's recent decision to the Washington State Court of Appeals, he said.
"I am disappointed," Dow said. "I find it inconceivable that (Spanner) would treat these guys differently. I don't see any logic or justice in that."
The information of at least 21 offenders, who have had lawsuits filed on their behalf, is temporarily on hold until Spanner makes a decision whether it should be released to Zink. A decision is expected to come this month.