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ACLU Sues over Mesa Woman's Quest for Sex Offender List

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Donna Zink's battle to get Benton County to release names and address of level one sex offenders has spread statewide with the American Civil Liberties Union suing to block the state patrol from turning over the information. Donna Zink's battle to get Benton County to release names and address of level one sex offenders has spread statewide with the American Civil Liberties Union suing to block the state patrol from turning over the information.

KENNEWICK, WA.- The American Civil Liberties Union sued Friday to stop the Washington State Patrol from granting the request of a woman in Franklin County who wants the WSP to release the names and addresses of low level sex offenders.

Attorneys for the ACLU filed the lawsuit in King County Superior Court. The WSP is scheduled to release the approximately 20,000 names and other information to Donna Zink on December 10.

Zink, who lives in Mesa and is a former mayor of the city, says the names, addresses and phone numbers of level-one offenders should be made public as they are for the most serious level-three offenders.

Attorneys representing several low level offenders believe the information is exempt from public disclosure laws.

At her initial request in July, Franklin County turned over to Zink its list of registered sex offenders, but Benton County refused.

In order to get Benton County's information on sex offenders, Zink filed a request with the state patrol.

During Friday's hearing, Zink asked Superior Court Judge Vic Vanderschoor to impose a permanent injunction to prevent other agencies from filing similar lawsuits.   

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