law and justice

Washington Supreme Court
6:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

For Washington Supreme Court Justice, "Primary" Race Is Final

Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez

Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez was appointed to the state’s high court six months ago. Now he’s up for reelection.

His opponent is Bruce Danielson, a Kitsap county attorney who has declined to campaign. The race will be decided in the August 7th primary, and Gonzalez says he’s rushing to build name recognition. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Spokane Police Chief
5:59 am
Thu July 19, 2012

City of Spokane Mayor Picks Police Chief Finalists

Four finalists for Police Chief in Spokane have been identified by Spokane Mayor Condon. Reporter Paige Browning has details.

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Heroin Abuse In Washington
4:58 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Heroin Abuse Is Rising, Even As Prescription Drug Abuse Declines

Heroin abuse in Washington is rising.
richiec Wikimedia Commons

Not as many people are dying from prescription drug overdoses in Washington, but heroin abuse appears to be spiking higher. Those figures come from an annual report on drug abuse in the state. Researchers studied death reports, police reports, help-line phone calls and treatment records. And the picture this year shows heroin is making a comeback. Use of the drug peaked in the 90s, but since then it's been mostly confined to aging drug-addicts.

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Washington Cold Case Suspect Found
4:03 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Chehalis Cold Case Suspect Awaits Extradition From Alaska

An Alaska man accused of murdering an elderly Chehalis couple in 1985 is awaiting extradition to Lewis County, Wash. Police say the arrest of Rick Riffe of King Salmon, Alaska, closes a cold case investigation that spans 26 years.

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Lakewood Officer Embezzlement
6:42 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Lakewood Officer Receives Federal Embezzlement Sentence

A former police officer in Lakewood, Washington will spend 2 years, 9 months in federal prison, and pay immediate restitution. That was the sentence handed down in federal court today after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Amy Radil of KUOW reports.

In federal court in Tacoma, former Lakewood police officer Skeeter Timothy Manos faced the anger of the people he stole from.

Manos has admitted to embezzling over $150,000 from his police officer’s union and the families of fallen officers.

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Lane County Public Safety
5:26 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Public Safety In Lane County Will Get Worse

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner talks with reporters Friday.
Rachael McDonald KLCC

This week, the Lane County Sheriff released nearly 100 prisoners from jail, including three homicide suspects. Friday nearly 30 sheriff's employees were laid off. The District Attorney has to lay off at least 14 from his office. The county has a bare bones budget due to loss of timber funding and low property tax revenue.

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Public Defender Caseload
7:34 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Wash. Public Defender: New Caseload Standards “Absurd”

Shocking cases of inadequate public defense in Washington have led the state Supreme Court to take an unusual step. The high court has imposed a mandatory cap on the number of cases lawyers for the poor can take. You might assume public defenders would be cheering – finally they’re going to get relief. But in fact some lawyers are downright offended and angry. Correspondent Austin Jenkins profiles one.

It’s a Wednesday afternoon at Lewis County District Court. Out in the hallway, attorney Joseph P. Enbody is meeting with clients.

Enbody: “Are you Ms. Tran?”

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Police Lawsuit
6:14 am
Thu June 28, 2012

City Of Seattle Settles Police Lawsuit

The man who sued the Seattle police department over a racially charged threat has settled his case. The city of Seattle will pay him $150,000 but admit no wrongdoing. Martin Monetti’s case helped prompt Justice Department scrutiny of Seattle police. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Oregon Jail Inmates Released
5:24 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Lane County Sheriff Watches Inmates Walk Out Jail Door

Inmates walk out of Lane County Jail Tuesday morning.
Rachael McDonald KLCC

Nearly 100 inmates of the Lane County Jail will be released this week. Not because they've served their time, but because the county can't afford to keep them. This after commissioners cut nearly $100 million from the general fund.

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Juvenile Offender's Clemency Plea
4:46 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Attorney: Court Ruling Should Bolster Barry Massey Clemency Petition

Marina owner Paul Wang was murdered by juveniles Barry Massey and Michael Harris In 1987.
the Wang family

Before Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire leaves office in January, she will decide whether to commute the life sentence of convicted killer Barry Massey. His attorneys hope this week’s Supreme Court ruling on life without parole for juveniles will bolster their case for clemency.

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