Dr. Wes quotes the WA State Constitution

Anitra Freeman (anitra@speakeasy.org)
Fri, 3 Dec 1999 00:40:36 -0800 (PST)


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Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1999 00:34:09 -0800 (PST)
From: Wes Browning <wes@speakeasy.org>

OK here's how the WA State Constitution starts:

PREAMBLE

   We, the people of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme
Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this constitution.

ARTICLE I
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS


   SECTION 1 POLITICAL POWER. All political power is inherent in the
people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of
the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual
rights.

   SECTION 2 SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND. The Constitution of the United
States is the supreme law of the land.

   SECTION 3 PERSONAL RIGHTS. No person shall be deprived of life,
liberty, or property, without due process of law.

   SECTION 4 RIGHT OF PETITION AND ASSEMBLAGE. The right of petition
and of the people peaceably to assemble for the common good shall
never be abridged.

   SECTION 5 FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Every person may freely speak, write
and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that
right.

etc., etc. Mind you this is the beginning, not the end. The founders
of WA State thought that the civil rights shouldn't wait for
amendments. They stuck them up front to give them priority. The order
matters. What's at issue is, was Section 4 violated by Seattle this
week?

Seattle's defense, that I can see, would be that the no-protest zone
was required to satisfy Section 3, which has priority over Section 4.

It'll be interesting to see how that shakes out in the courts.

The Washington Stae Constitution can be found online at
http://www.wa.gov/courts/educate/wacon/constit.htm -- HTML version
or
http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/other/washington_constitution.txt -- text

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