I'm convicted of a crime. I die. Now, in WA my FAMILY mu$t pay

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    MORE evidence our state is run by judicial idiots.

    You better PRAY one of your crazy uncles doesn't get convicted of a crime - at least in WA - YOU could be sued, if you have the deepest pockets in your family after the convicts death.
     
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    I may be wrong but my take on this is it prevents the estate from being passed on before the victim is paid. I don’t think an heir will be sued.
     
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    I'd agree... the only loss you'd suffer because of your crazy uncle would be if he were super-rich and killed someone. Then, you might not inherit his dough - the crime victim's estate would. But that wasn't quite yours to begin with...

    In the U.S. bills of attainder are unconstitutional. Bills of attainder were an old English idea that would strip heirs of lands and titles for the disloyalty or felony of the ancestor. There are logical arguments for punishing family members for the crimes of the relative (increases social cohesion and family loyalty), but most Americans don't like the idea. Though we don't have formal legal process for that, we do informally... how'd you like to be John Wayne Gacy's brother, or the parents of Timothy McVeigh?
     
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    It's nothing but hypocrisy to make this statement; yet, punish innocent people whose sole crime is being related by blood to a criminal.
     
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    If it's like some have said and the debt is applied to the estate before inheritance with anything unpaid remaining that way, then I see no need for a new law, as that's the way it already works. If it does fall upon the inheritors to finish paying the debt, then it is against federal law, as it is illegal in America to inherit debt. When you die, your debts die with you, though they will be applied to your estate and life insurance.
     
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    Kinda reminds me of a California law. If your child is caught smoking under the age of 18, YOU pay the fine. At the same time, if you so much as look at your child the wrong way in CA the CPA will be up every orifice of your body.

    So, you MUST enforce the law; however, you are stripped of any legal authority to do so.
     

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