Pierce County has gone to court to stop a white supremacist convicted of attempted murder from getting the property records of the deputy prosecutor who tried his case.
The county wants a Superior Court judge to relieve it from complying with a public records request filed by Stephen Adam Young, 31.
Young last month sent a public records request to the county Office of the Assessor-Treasurer, seeking “any information on any property that Kawyne A. Lund is paying taxes on,” court records show.
The return address was the Clallam Bay Corrections Center, where Young is incarcerated.
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Lund is a Pierce County property owner. She also prosecuted Young on multiple charges, including attempted murder, first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and intimidating a witness.
County officials notified Lund of Young’s request, telling her the “records would be released by May 15, 2014, under the Public Records Act, for Mr. Young’s inspection,” court records show.
She asked that they not be.
“Ms. Lund believes the purpose of the request for this information is an attempt to learn where Ms. Lund lives and cause her harm in retaliation for prosecuting him,” deputy civil prosecutor Michelle Luna-Green wrote in a request for an injunction.
State law allows governmental agencies to withhold public records from prison inmates if a judge decides the inmate’s “request was made to harass or intimidate the agency or its employees” or may “assist in criminal activity.”
A hearing’s been scheduled for Sept. 5.
“Kawyne Lund’s fear is based on her knowledge of the underlying facts which led to the criminal prosecution of respondent and of his actions during the course of the trial,” Luna-Green wrote.
The attempted murder charge stemmed from an incident in which Young shot a man in the side of the head at close range. Four assault charges came after Young opened fire on a car carrying his girlfriend and three other people. Two people were hit.
Young, an avowed white supremacist, was angry with his girlfriend because he thought she might “have been unfaithful to him with an African-American man,” court records state.
While he was in jail awaiting trial, corrections officers found in Young’s cell a makeshift knife and sharpened screws, which he presumably intended to use as weapons.
A jury convicted Young in November of most counts, and he was sentenced to life without parole under the state’s “three strikes you’re out law.”
In addition to striking Young’s current records request, the county wants a judge to forbid him “or any agent on his behalf or working in concert” from requesting records pertaining to Lund for the duration of his incarceration.
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