By Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Rasmussen
Washington’s privacy act, chapter 9.73 RCW, is “one of the most restrictive electronic surveillance laws ever promulgated,” significantly expanding the minimum standards of its federal counterpart and offering a greater degree of protection to Washington residents. So said our Supreme Court in a case called Roden, 179 Wn.2d at 898.
Everyone appreciates privacy, but some people in this state, (perhaps criminals, or at least one criminal) appreciate it more than most of us.
This are the facts as reported in an opinion from Division II of the Court of Appeals called, State vs John Garrett Smith, released on October 4, 2016.
Here are the facts as reported in the case.