Quote: Seattle / King County share fines 50/50


Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Page: 255

In Seattle, where the docks teemed with bootleggers unloading their boats into waiting trucks in the middle of the day, King County sheriff Claude G Bannick, whose office split fines fifty-fifty with local justices of the peace, worked out a mutually beneficial arrangement: violators were always fined, never jailed, so they could be set free to violate once again—to the profit of Bannick and the JP’s.

50/50 split seems quite fair.

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