Governor signs Jennifer Paulson anti-stalking legislation into law

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 27 at 6:28 PM

Washington’s new anti-stalking bill, named for a Tacoma school teacher, was signed into law on Saturday.

In 2010, Jennifer Paulson was shot and killed by a man who had been harassing and stalking her for several years. 

In the years following her death, her family sought a change in state law to create a court order required stalkers to stay away from their victims.  On Saturday, their long efforts paid off.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Jennifer Paulson Stalking Protection Order Act into law. Supporters say it will better protect victims of stranger stalking.

Until now, court orders only addressed cases of domestic violence and harassment, ordering perpetrators in those cases to stay away from their victims.  House Bill 1383 applies the stalking court order to both physical and online cases of stalking in which the suspect makes repeated attempts to contact, monitor, track or follow someone in a manner that causes that person to feel threatened or frightened.

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