SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6602





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the Senate February 18, 2002

  YEAS 49   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House March 5, 2002

  YEAS 97   NAYS 0



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6602 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives









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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6602



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Senators Costa, Long, Poulsen and Kastama)


READ FIRST TIME 02/08/2002.

Revising the crime of extortion in the second degree. 

    AN ACT Relating to extortion in the second degree; amending RCW 9A.56.130; and creating a new section.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The legislature intends to revise the crime of extortion in the second degree in response to the holding in State v. Pauling, 108 Wn. App. 445 (2001), by adding a requirement that the threat required for conviction of the offense be wrongful.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 9A.56.130 and 1975 1st ex.s. c 260 s 9A.56.130 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) A person is guilty of extortion in the second degree if he or she commits extortion by means of a wrongful threat as defined in RCW 9A.04.110(25) (d) through (j).

    (2) In any prosecution under this section based on a threat to accuse any person of a crime or cause criminal charges to be instituted against any person, it is a defense that the actor reasonably believed the threatened criminal charge to be true and that his or her sole purpose was to compel or induce the person threatened to take reasonable action to make good the wrong which was the subject of such threatened criminal charge.

    (3) Extortion in the second degree is a class C felony.


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