Court Rules in Favor of SPI Candidate Espinoza vs. Reykdal
In a late breaking announcement Thursday into Friday afternoon, Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Maia Espinoza announced she's learned the State Supreme Court has ruled in her favor, in her appeal of a ruling made by a Thurston County Superior Court Judge.
The Supreme Court ruling will apparently overturn the lower court ruling and allow Espinoza to continue to use the following phrase in her voter's pamphlet.
“The incumbent ignored parents and educators by championing a policy that teaches sexual positions to 4th graders!”
SPI Chris Reykdal had taken court action to have it removed from the voter's pamphlet back in June, claiming the statement was defamatory. The voter's pamphlets were due to be issued in early July.
Espinoza's campaign manager said one of the books set to be utilized as part of Reykdal's controversial sexual educational program included images of sexual positions including masturbation.
Espinoza's statement released Friday read in part: