law and justice

Out-Of-State Parolees
6:20 am
Thu November 29, 2012

More Than 500 Out-Of-State Offenders Living In Wash. Have Abscond Warrants

Thursday marks three years since four Lakewood police officers were murdered in a coffee shop. The gunman was an Arkansas parolee named Maurice Clemmons. Since then, records show an additional 3,400 out-of-state parolees have moved to Washington. And hundreds more have absconded. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Wash. Marijuana Law
5:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Washington State Patrol Doesn't Expect Big Changes From New Pot Law

The new law allowing marijuana possession contains a new limit on marijuana components in a driver’s bloodstream.
Credit Chmee2 / Wikimedia Commons

Officials with the Washington State Patrol say they don’t expect the initiative legalizing marijuana to alter their work very much. While the law contains a new limit on marijuana in a driver’s bloodstream, state troopers will continue to look at a driver’s behavior to see who is impaired.

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Tribal Sentencing Laws
5:37 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Northwest Tribes Begin To Try Reservation Crime Cases Under Tougher Laws

A tribal court on the Umatilla Indian Reservation is one of the first to hand down a long prison term under new tougher criminal sentencing laws enacted by Congress in 2010.

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Lakewood Shooting Anniversary
5:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Three Years Later, Former Officer Recalls Lakewood Shootings

Three years ago this Thanksgiving weekend, an Arkansas parolee named Maurice Clemmons shot and killed four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop. Chris Sorrells was one of the first officers at the scene. In the years since, his life has changed dramatically.

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Marijuana Legalization
4:08 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Letter To Attorney General Urges Cooperation On Marijuana

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Credit U.S. Department of Justice

A coalition of law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors and federal agents have signed a letter asking U.S. Attorney general Eric Holder not to interfere with Washington and Colorado’s new legal marijuana laws.

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Death Penalty Moratorium
6:16 am
Mon November 19, 2012

One Year After Death Penalty Moratorium, Little Has Happened

A view of Oregon's execution chamber.
Credit Photo courtesy Oregon DOC

One year ago this week, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber stunned the state and made international headlines when he issued a moratorium on the death penalty. He said he hoped his action would spur state lawmakers to a conversation about the death penalty. But so far, there's little momentum for the legislature to act on the issue. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Zehm Case Sentencing
5:59 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Former Spokane Police Officer Sentenced In Federal Court

Thursday marks the beginning of the end in a six-year-long court case involving a former Spokane police officer and the death of a Spokane man. Karl F. Thompson faces sentencing Thursday morning in Spokane’s federal court. Paige Browning reports from Spokane.

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Marijuana Legalized WA
8:15 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Marijuana Proponents Declare Victory

Photo of marijuana plant.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Alison Holcomb, lead sponsor of I-502 stated her thoughts on the initiative to legalize marijuana passing.

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Campaign Donations
6:19 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Group Campaigning for Propositions 1, 2 and 3 Must Reveal Donors

A judge has ordered a group campaigning for Idaho’s Propositions 1, 2 and 3 to reveal its donors. But that doesn’t mean the list of names will be public any time soon.

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Marijuana Measures
5:08 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Pot Measures Would Widen Legal Chasm Between Northwest States

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Credit DEA

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. If they pass, the laws would further widen the legal gap with neighboring Idaho, where police worry about spillover.

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