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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Washington Considers Mandatory Crime Reporting

A Washington legislator who was hit by a car while jogging and ignored by passing traffic has introduced legislation to require making a 911 call in serious criminal cases where there is no danger to the reporter; the bill has passed the House of Representatives.  Among the cases warranting such a change, say supporters, is a 2002 case where no less than 10 people observed a bound and gagged kidnap victim in the garage where she was being held, but no one reported the crime until after she was murdered. [Jack Chin]

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