Law

Breaking
3:43 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Kalebu guilty of murder, rape

A man accused in the sexual assault and stabbing of a lesbian couple in their Seattle home has been found guilty of aggravated murder, attempted murder, rape and burglary.

A King County County Superior Court jury convicted Isaiah Kalebu on Friday, two days after jurors began deliberations.

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Law
11:45 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Cuts in juvenile parole left teen in 'Tuba Man' case unsupervised

Edward McMichael, pictured at a game in 2004, was a beloved Seattle street musician known as the "Tuba Man.” He was found dead Nov. 3, 2008 from beating injuries he received in a robbery.
Associated Press

One of the three teens convicted of killing a popular Seattle street musician in 2008 continues to make headlines for his tangles with the law. Billy Chambers – who's now an adult – was most recently locked up for hit-and-run. It turns out he did not qualify for supervision by a juvenile parole officer because of state budget cuts.

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Crime
2:35 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Tacoma Mall shooter in prison incident; one killed in escape attempt 

The Washington Department of Corrections says one inmate was killed Wednesday during an escape attempt at the Clallam Bay Corrections Facility.

Spokesman Chad Lewis says that just after 10 a.m., a corrections officer was taken hostage by a prisoner with a pair of scissors. At the same time, another prisoner drove a forklift through the doors of the work area and into the prison fence.

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Law
9:37 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Witness: Corrections “completely failed” in Clemmons case

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Corrections failed to adequately supervise Maurice Clemmons from the day he arrived in Washington from Arkansas. That's the conclusion of a former corrections supervisor who's now an expert witness in a new lawsuit against the Department.

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Law
10:46 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Journalist in US illegally obtained Wash. driver license

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Pulitzer prize winning journalist who is in this country illegally managed to obtain a Washington driver license – even though he doesn't live in Washington. How did he do it?

This week in the New York Times Magazine, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas revealed himself as an illegal immigrant from the Philippines. Part of his story involves obtaining a Washington driver license earlier this year – even though he doesn't reside in the state.

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Seattle Terror plot
10:11 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Detention hearings set for Seattle terror suspects

Sgt. Clint Conant, left, stands with potential U.S. Army recruits outside a federal building that houses the Seattle Military Processing Center. Two men have been arrested in a plot to attack on the military recruiting station there.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Two men allegedly planning to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle have detention hearings set for Wednesday.

The two men – one from Seattle and one from Los Angeles – appeared in federal court yesterday to hear the charges filed against them. Their court-appointed lawyers declined to comment.

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Law
1:19 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

US Attorney press release on arrests in Seattle terror plot

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Western District of Washington

June 23, 2011

TWO MEN CHARGED IN PLOT TO ATTACK SEATTLE MILITARY PROCESSING CENTER
Defendants Sought Firearms and Grenades to Attack Complex where Enlistees Report

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Breaking
1:04 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Two arrested in Seattle terror plot

The Justice Department says two men have been arrested in a plot to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle with machine guns and grenades.

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr., of Los Angeles, were arrested Wednesday night.

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Legalizing pot
6:09 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Treat marijuana like alcohol? Initiative will test voter tolerance

Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes, center, is flanked by campaign director Alison Holcomb, left, and Mark Johnson during a news conference announcing the filing of an initiative to legalize possession of marijuana in Washington state Wednesday.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

It isn’t against the law to sip a martini. So why should you face jail time for lighting up a joint? Supporters of the latest initiative to legalize marijuana say both activities should be treated the same.

Liquor in Washington is heavily regulated. And that’s what the group New Approach Washington wants the state to do with pot.

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Courts
4:00 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Mistakes about race corrupt many eyewitness accounts

Null Value Flickr

If you’ve witnessed a crime, you’ll swear you can accurately identify the person who did it. But, there’s a good chance you’re wrong, especially if that person is of a different race. Still, jurors believe eyewitness accounts.

And, in Washington state, the law doesn't allow judges to tell juries about the problems associated with cross-racial eyewitness identification. One Court of Appeals judge says that's wrong.

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Political Participation
3:36 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Washington leads nation in voting access for young people

George Mason University students help their peers register to vote in Washington, D.C. Young people in the "other" Washington, on the west coast, have the best access to the political process in the nation, according to a new survey.
masonvotes Flickr photo

Young people have an easier time voting in Washington State than anywhere else in the country. That’s according to a survey by Rock the Vote, a group that encourages youth to participate in the political process.

It found many state laws mesh with the needs of young voters, but there’s still room for improvement.

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Law
2:49 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Militant Montana fugitive continues to evade capture

A militant fugitive has escaped into the wilderness in Montana and continues to evade authorities.
Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. — Authorities thought their dayslong manhunt for a fugitive former anti-government militia leader was reaching a climax as they closed in on a remote Montana forest camp Wednesday after hours of surveillance.

But when officers entered the clearing they discovered that the man they had been watching was a squatter — and that David Burgert is still on the run.

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Law
1:41 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Crime lab sprinkler wets evidence

The Washington State Patrol says some evidence was likely damaged by a sprinkler malfunction at its crime lab in Seattle. The patrol says the leak Monday occurred in a freezer used to store evidence.

Seattle firefighters shut off the sprinklers, and the evidence was moved to dry out. Lab manager Jim Tarver says workers are still determining the extent of the damage. Then they'll have to tell police and prosecutors.

Boeing
12:30 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Opening arguments: Boeing asks judge to dismiss NLRB case

Boeing wants a judge to dismiss NLRB case claiming it retaliated against union workers.
KPLU

Boeing has asked a Seattle judge to dismiss a case brought by the National Labor Relations Board that accuses the plane maker of breaking the law when it built a non-union production line in South Carolina.

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war on drugs
4:56 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Former police chief says time to end war on drugs

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper says he was once on the front lines of the war on drugs. Now he’s with a group opposing it, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
Associated Press

In June of 1971, President Richard Nixon officially declared a "war on drugs."  Drug abuse, he said, was "public enemy No. 1."

Forty years later, few would call the war a success.  Even President Obama says we need to stop looking at our drug problem as a war. But, some former top cops say the President isn't doing enough to actually end the war.

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