Guilty and Chargd
9:17 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Fearing A Warrant For $10: Guilty And Charged In Washington

Credit Joe Gratz / Flickr

Imagine you’ve committed a crime, served prison time, and been released. You’re trying to rebuild your life when there’s a knock on the door. There’s a warrant for your arrest – not because you’ve committed another crime, but because you couldn’t pay your court fees. For many in Washington, this is the reality of life after prison.

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Washington Immigration Controversy
5:00 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

WA Law Enforcement Can't Prolong Stops To Ask About Immigration Status

A court in Washington State has ruled that local law enforcement officers cannot prolong traffic stops and other detentions to ask people about their immigration status. 

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Discrimination Lawsuit
4:52 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Florist Attorney Wants Discrimination Case Moved To Federal Court

The lawyer for a Richland, Wash., florist being sued for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding says he hopes to move the lawsuit to federal court as a First Amendment case.

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Northwest Latinos
6:40 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Data Analysis: Most Northwest City Councils Have No Latinos

Sonia Rodriguez True lost her 2009 race for city council against a well known conservative talk radio host in Yakima.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Nearly nine out of 10 city councils across the Northwest have no Latino members. That estimate comes from a database we assembled of Hispanic officeholders in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. One of the cities with no Latino representations is located in one of the most heavily Hispanic parts of our region. We’re talking about the city of Yakima. The ACLU is suing over the issue. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has our latest story on why the region's largest minority group has so little clout in the political arena.

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ACLU Lawsuit Against Yakima
4:40 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

ACLU Lawsuit: Yakima At-Large City Council Elections Dilute Latino Vote

Lead plaintiffs Rogelio Montes (L) and Mateo Arteaga have filed a lawsuit against the City Of Yakima alleging at-large city council elections disenfranchise Latino voters.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The ACLU of Washington says at-large city council elections in the city of Yakima dilute the Latino vote and violate the federal Voting Rights Act. The ACLU filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city.

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