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Oregon Prison Lawsuit
4:14 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Lawsuit Alleges More Abuse Of Female Inmates

An aerial photo of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.
USGS

A new lawsuit alleges sexual abuse by workers at Oregon's only prison for women. It's the latest in a series of lawsuits brought by female inmates at the institution in Wilsonville.

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UW Arson Case Closed
5:07 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Feds Close Case On 2011 UW Horticulture Arson

The last person charged with the 2001 arson of a University of Washington building was sentenced today to four years in prison. Liz Jones has more.

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Northwest Tribes Court Ruling
5:27 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Supreme Court Rules Feds Must Pay Up On Contracts With Tribes

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government must uphold contracts with American Indian tribes.
Franz Jantzen supremecourt.gov

Northwest tribes stand to receive big payments from the federal government after a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday. Here’s the upshot of the ruling: the government has to uphold contracts with American Indian tribes, even if Congress shortchanges those deals.

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Oregon Boy Scout Case
4:06 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Oregon Judges Now Decide What Evidence To Release After Trial

In a far reaching opinion Thursday, the Oregon Supreme Court gave judges the power to decide what evidence can and cannot be released to the public after a trial.

Several news organizations, including Oregon Public Broadcasting, sought a set of 1,200 files with the names of  Boy Scout staff who'd been accused of sexual abuse.

The files had been used as evidence during trial. But after that trial, Multnomah County Judge John Whitmire said the files could only be released if they were redacted.  Media organizations appealed, asking to see what the jury had seen.

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Idaho Execution
5:52 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Idaho Corrections: Lawsuit Necessary to Change Lethal Injection Protocol

Four Idaho reporters watched as an execution team inserted I-V's into convicted murderer Richard Leavitt today . This was the first time witnesses were allowed to watch what happens as soon as the condemned is wheeled into the death chamber on a gurney. the Idaho Department of Correction would not have changed its ways without a lawsuit.

The Associated Press and other Idaho news organizations sued the state to view Richard Leavitt’s entire execution. They won last Friday in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Idaho Inmate Execution
5:00 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Leavitt Faces Execution Tuesday Morning

Idaho will execute 53 year-old Leavitt Tuesday by lethal injection.
Idaho Dept. of Corrections

In 1985, a jury convicted Richard A. Leavitt of the brutal first-degree murder of Danette J. Elg a year earlier. Elg of Blackfoot, Idaho had been stabbed more than a dozen times and her body was mutilated. The state will execute 53 year-old Leavitt Tuesday by lethal injection unless there’s a last minute stay. .

Male death row prisoners are housed in the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, or Idaho Max. Guards moved Leavitt to a lone cell last month after the state Department of Correction served him with a death warrant.

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Wash. Crime Sweep
4:51 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Eastern Wash. Crime Sweep Rounds Up More Than 200 Felons

Deputy U.S. Marshal Beatrice Bravo says the felon roundup took a lot of advance planning.
U.S. Marshals

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies say they’ve swept up more than 200 violent felons in Eastern Washington. So-called 'Operation Scattergun II' focused on wanted offenders in the Spokane, Tri-Cities and Yakima regions last week. Beatrice Bravo is a Deputy U.S. Marshal based in Spokane. She says the felon roundup took a lot of advance planning.

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Backpage Sues Wash.
6:07 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Backpage.com Sues Washington State

The online classifieds website Backpage.com filed a lawsuit against the state of Washington Monday. It’s over a bill passed by the legislature this year, which aims to reduce sex trafficking.

Village Voice Media owns the national online classifieds site Backpage.com. The company also owns the Seattle Weekly, and they run their online classifieds through Backpage. Seattle police say they have caught pimps selling underage girls…at Backpage.com.

Now, the company is suing Washington state.

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Seattle Café Shooting
4:56 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Hero Saved Lives In Seattle Shooting

Seattle city leaders are praising a hero who prevented more victims in Wednesday’s shooting.

Asst. Police Chief Jim Pugel described what he saw from a video that captured the shooting at Café Racer. He says the hero was sitting next to the suspect when he started firing at people.

Pugel: "The hero picked up a stool and threw it at the suspect, hit him. Picked up another stool, and hit him, this time, suspect is pointing at him.  During that time two or possibly three people made their escape and the suspect was between them and the door."

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Oregon Mosque Firebomber
5:27 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Decision On Cody Crawford's Release Postponed

A federal judge in Eugene heard arguments Tuesday for the release of a man charged in the fire bombing of a Corvallis mosque in 2010. Cody Crawford is currently in jail awaiting trial.

Government lawyers argued victims of the mosque bombing were not given enough notice of Cody Crawford's motion for release. Despite this, Judge Thomas Coffin allowed the defense to make their arguments.

Crawford's attorney presented a psychologist's opinion that his client has Aspergers syndrome, and would not be dangerous if released.

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