The prime sponsor, Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, also condemned the search provision in his own bill, after I asked him about it. He said Palmer is right that it’s probably unconstitutional.
“I have to admit that shouldn’t be in there,” Murray said.
In 1993, a housekeeper in La Center, Clark County, was blindfolded and raped. She pointed out Northrop and Larry Davis in a lineup.
In 2010, the two men were cleared of all charges using DNA testing, which had not been widely available when they first were convicted.
Northrop was released, his record cleared, and he faced the prospect of getting to know his three children, now in their early 20s.