law and justice

Response To Sikh Shooting
6:12 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Shootings Of Sikhs In Wisconsin Resonate Among Temples In The Northwest

The deadly shootings of Sikhs in Wisconsin over the weekend are resonating among temples in the Northwest, too.

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Susan Powell's Family Suing DSHS
5:27 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Susan Powell's Family Plans To Sue DSHS Over Boys' Deaths

Susan Powell's parents Judy and Chuck Cox at a press conference in Olympia in February.
Azusa Uchikura

The family of Susan Powell plans to sue the state of Washington for negligence. They blame state workers for the fact that Josh Powell was able to kill himself and his two sons in Pierce County last February.

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Oregon Governor's Execution Reprieve
4:51 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Judges Overturns Kitzhaber's Reprieve Of Haugen

Death row inmate Gary Haugen.
Oregon Department of Corrections

An Oregon judge says death row inmate Gary Haugen has the right to reject a reprieve from Gov. John Kitzhaber. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Alexander's ruling Friday paves the way for a possible new execution date for the two-time murderer.

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Warrantless Searches In Schools
5:57 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Blocks Warrantless Searches By School Cops

The Washington Supreme Court ruled that police officers working in schools can't search students without a warrant.
Washngton Courts website

A teacher or principal doesn’t need a warrant to search a student. But a police officer working in a school does, according to a new ruling from the Washington Supreme Court.

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Washington Murder Review
4:42 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Powell Murder Review Urges More Communication and Vigilance

A Pierce County Sheriff's deputy stands guard outside the house where Josh Powell killed himself and his two young sons in February.
Asuza Uchikura

A new report on a high profile Pierce County, Wash., murder-suicide concludes that cops and social workers should communicate better. Washington state's social service agency says the child fatality review, released Thursday, supports its belief that no one could have anticipated Josh Powell would kill his two young sons and himself.

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Oregon State Police Memorial
5:32 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Oregon State Police Break Ground On New Memorial

Oregon State Police officers perform a "ceremonial flag fold" at the future site of the Oregon State Police memorial.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

The Oregon State Police broke ground on a memorial Wednesday to honor fallen Oregon state troopers. A crowd of dignitaries listened somberly as the officers’ names were read aloud.

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Inmate Sues Wash. DOC
5:04 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Former Purdy Inmate Sues Washington DOC

An inmate now on work release from the Washington Corrections Center for Women is suing the state Department of Corrections. The suit alleges, among other things, that the DOC didn’t do enough to protect Wendy Hynd from retaliation after she reported an alleged sexual assault by a corrections officer.

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Commenter Revealed
6:01 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Anonymous Commenter Reveals Identity

Linda Cook revealed herself as the commenter “almostinnocentbystander” on the blog Huckleberries Online.
Sandy Clemons

A lawsuit in north Idaho over anonymous comments posted in an online forum attracted national attention. Now, the commenter at the center of that dispute has unmasked herself. As correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, the case reveals a rift within the north Idaho Republican Party.

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Oregon Inmate Rejects Reprieve
4:33 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Oregon Death Row Inmate Asks Judge To Overturn Governor's Reprieve

Gary Haugen has asked that the repreive Gov. Kitzhaber issued on Haugen's execution be overruled.
Oregon Department of Corrections

Late last year, Gov. John Kitzhaber issued a moratorium that put on hold the execution of twice-convicted murderer Gary Haugen. Now the death row inmate is asking a judge to overrule that reprieve. Haugen appeared in a Marion County courtroom Tuesday.

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Colorado Shooting Reactions
5:48 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Theaters React To Colorado Shooting

In the wake of the movie theater shooting in Colorado, theater owners have to consider something many have given little thought to in the past. Security. One big company, AMC Theaters, said Friday it will ban costumes and masks from its 300-plus movie houses. And the National Association of Theater Owners says it’s reviewing all security procedures.

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