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Washington Assault Crimes Initiative (2008)

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Washington Assault Crimes Initiative, or I-994, was intended by its sponsors to qualify for the November 4, 2008 ballot in Washington, but did not ultimately qualify.

I-994 would have increased the seriousness of assault crimes with intent to cause pain equivalent to torture from second-degree assault to first-degree assault. The measure would also have raised the seriousness of certain other assault crimes, including child assault.

Initiative 994 was a citizen-initiated state statute.

The official ballot measure summary said, "This measure would require first degree assault based on infliction of great bodily harm to cause pain equivalent to torture, and would remove from second degree assault an assault by the knowing infliction of pain equivalent to torture. The measure would remove a history of child assault as a requirement for second degree child assault. The measure would increase the seriousness level of certain assault crimes for sentencing purposes to the second most serious level."


I-994 was sponsored by David Henshaw of Tacoma, Washington.

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