Law

Constitutional Rights
4:22 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Federal Judge In Portland Orders Changes To No-Fly List

FILE - This May 11, 2012 file photo shows Portland Imam Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye.
Rick Bowmer AP Photo

A federal judge in Portland on Tuesday ordered the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to come up with new rules for the government's no-fly list. The court found travelers labeled as potential terrorists had been deprived of their constitutional rights to due process.

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Campus Shooting
3:20 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Insanity Defense Possible In Accused SPU Shooter's Case

FILE - Shooting suspect Aaron Ybarra is led to a court hearing at a King County Jail courtroom Friday, June 6, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The man charged with killing one student and seriously wounding two others on the campus of Seattle Pacific University on June 5 has pleaded not guilty.

On Monday attorneys for Aaron Rey Ybarra, 26, filed a notice of intent to pursue a not guilty by reason of insanity defense. The move doesn't mean they will go that route, just that they may use an insanity defense.

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Senior Thesis
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

What One Former U.S. Attorney Knows Now About Making Her Case

Kate Pflaumer being sworn in as U.S. Attorney for Western Washington in 1993.
Provided by Kate Pflaumer

Editor's Note: “Senior Thesis” is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.

At first glance, you might think a former U.S. attorney and a man who once sued the government for spying on him wouldn’t agree on much.

But Kate Pflaumer, U.S. attorney for western Washington during the Clinton administration, and Philip Chinn, a recent graduate of Seattle University School of Law, share a passion for trial work and more.

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Marijuana Laws
3:22 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho’s Strict Marijuana Laws

Clare, Alexis and Micheal Carey.
Adam Cotterell

When 9-year-old Alexis Carey gets home from school, her mom helps her into her favorite bean bag chair. Clare Carey kneels down to remove her daughter’s foot braces, which she needs to walk. 

“She’s in them all day, so when she gets home from school, we just kind of give her a break,” Clare said.

Alexis can’t talk, but she’s quick to smile. Parents Clare and Michael Carey say their daughter is a happy kid, but can’t talk or master potty-training.

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Amanda Knox
11:14 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Knox Defense Turns To Italy's Last Resort Court

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AP Photo

Amanda Knox's lawyers have formally asked Italy's court of last resort to review the U.S. student's appeals court conviction for the 2007 murder of her British roommate.

Defense lawyer Luciano Ghirga said the paperwork was submitted last Thursday to the Rome-based Court of Cassation.

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Human Rights
11:51 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Rep. Smith Pushes For Release of Renton Woman Being Held In Mexican Prison

Grisel Rodriguez, left, and Jose Avila, right, pose for a photo, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in their apartment in Renton, Wash. They are holding a photo of Avila with his wife, Nestora Salgado, who has been detained since she was arrested Aug. 21, 2013.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, says the United States should be doing more to free a Renton woman being held in a Mexican prison. Nestora Salgado was arrested last August in the state of Guerrero, Mexico after helping to organize a local militia of indigenous people — something allowed under Mexican law.

Appearing alongside Salgado’s daughter and husband at a news conference in Seattle, Smith said he’s done what he can to make Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration aware of Nestora Salgado’s situation in Mexico.

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Adoption Law
10:59 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices

Andrea Butler of Rathdrum, Idaho, stands in the room Dee had in her home for the four and a half years Butler fostered her.
Jessica Robinson

Adoptions are usually private affairs, sealed forever in court documents and known only to the families involved. But a recent decision by Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare exploded into the public sphere.

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Resentencing Law
5:12 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Washington Juvenile Killers Could Get Second Chance At Release

FILE - In this April 9, 2010 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington.
Evan Vucci AP Photo

Nearly 30 juvenile killers currently serving life sentences without the possibility of parole in Washington could be eligible for release in the future, thanks to a new state law that took effect this month.

The law was passed in response to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In Miller v. Alabama, the Supreme Court ruled that automatic sentences of life without parole for juvenile killers are unconstitutional. In response, the Washington state Legislature this year passed a law that requires new, individualized sentences for these aggravated murderers.

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Three-Strikes Law
4:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Another Three-Strikes Offender In Wash. State Wins Clemency Recommendation

Washington’s Clemency Board has recommended the release of another three-strikes offender serving life without parole. The 3-to-0 vote Friday followed testimony from King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg who supported the petition for mercy.

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Oso Slide
9:26 am
Wed June 11, 2014

38 Oso Slide Legal Claims Filed Against State Of Wash., More Expected

Snohomish County Flickr

The deadly Oso landslide in March has resulted in a blizzard of legal claims against the state of Washington.

As of Tuesday, the state’s risk management office reports it has received 38 tort claims, which are precursors to a lawsuit. Claims have also been filed against Snohomish County.

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New Laws
5:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns And Tanning

AP Photo

This is the week undocumented students in Washington will become eligible for state college tuition aid. The “Real Hope Act” is just one of dozens of new state laws that take effect Thursday, 90 days after the Washington legislature adjourned.

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Campus Shooting
5:14 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Man Charged With SPU Shooting: 'I Want To Feel The Hate'

Shooting suspect Aaron Ybarra, left, is directed into a hearing at a King County Jail courtroom last week. Ybarra was arrested in the killing of a 19-year-old student and wounding of two other young people at Seattle Pacific University.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The gunman who allegedly killed a student on the campus of  Seattle Pacific University last week told police he had stopped taking his anti-depressant medicine because he wanted to "feel the hate."

That was among the revelations released in charging documents filed against Aaron Rey Ybarra in King County Superior Court on Tuesday.

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Military Recruiting
4:48 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Obesity Disqualifies More Navy Recruits Than Drug Use

Rear Admiral Annie Andrews heads up recruiting for the U.S. Navy
Paula Wissel

Navy recruiters have noticed a disturbing trend among young people looking to join up: too many of them are obese.

Rear Admiral Annie Andrews, who is in charge of recruiting for the U.S. Navy, says obesity "has actually surpassed even those with drug use" as a reason for disqualification. In addition to the high rate of obesity, she says, some potential recruits are just plain out of shape. 

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Gay Rights
12:17 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Wash. AG Puts Health Plans On Notice To Cover Same-Sex Spouses

Terry Gilbert, left, kisses his husband Paul Beppler after wedding at Seattle City Hall, becoming among the first gay couples to legally wed in the state, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Washington’s Attorney General is reminding employers they may not discriminate against same-sex spouses when it comes to health coverage.

Thursday’s warning follows a discrimination complaint earlier this year against O’Reilly Auto Parts.

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:28 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Block Oregon Same-Sex Marriage

Julia Fraser, left, and Jessica Rohrbacher get married by Celebrant Holly Pruett at the Melody Ballroom in Portland, Ore., on Monday, May. 19, 2014.
Steve Dykes AP Photo

The U.S. Supreme Court won't block same-sex marriages in Oregon. The high court on Wednesday turned down a request to halt gay marriages in the state. 

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