Law

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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Law
5:33 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Did Boeing retaliate against the Machinists union? NLRB hearing begins Tuesday

Will the NLRB make labor history when it rules on testimony that begins in Seattle this week?
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Last week, Boeing opened a new plant in South Carolina, where it's putting the second assembly line for the 787 Dreamliner.

That’s led to a fight between the aerospace giant and the National Labor Relations Board. The nation’s top enforcer of labor laws filed a complaint against Boeing in April. Proceedings in the case begin Tuesday in Seattle. 

The NLRB alleges Boeing built the second assembly line for the Dreamliner in South Carolina as retaliation for past strikes by the Machinists union in Washington state.  And that, it says, is against the law.

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Barefoot Bandit
3:32 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Suspect in 'Barefoot Bandit' case pleads not guilty

'Barefoot Bandit' case: The 20-year-old suspect accused of a two-year cross-country burglary spree has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Seattle.
Associated Press

Colton Harris-Moore, who gained a popular following as the "Barefoot Bandit," has pleaded not guilty to all charges in federal court in Seattle.

The 20-year-old is accused of a two-year cross-country burglary spree in stolen cars, boats and planes — some of the crimes allegedly committed while he was barefoot. He entered his plea Thursday.

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Law
2:42 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Lawyer: Barefoot Bandit's plea talks hit snag

The lawyer for the young man known as the Barefoot Bandit says plea negotiations have hit a snag as federal prosecutors balk at allowing him to sell the rights to his sensational tale, even if money from movie or book deals is used to repay his victims.

Colton Harris-Moore led authorities on a two-year game of cat-and-mouse in stolen boats, planes and cars that finally ended with his arrest in the Bahamas last summer.

His lawyer, John Henry Browne, says no final decision has been made.

Crime
1:50 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Woman who survived brutal Seattle attack testifies

A woman who survived a horrific rape and stabbing in her Seattle home two years ago is telling jurors about her partner, who died in the attack.

The woman took the stand Wednesday afternoon in the trial of Isaiah Kalebu, who is charged in the case. Kalebu has been barred from the trial due to prior outbursts and was not in the courtroom.

The woman frequently flashed a broad smile as she told the jury of how her relationship with Teresa Butz blossomed. But she broke down when she described how the two planned to have children together.

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aggressive ticketing
9:58 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Troopers and cops crack down on driving while cellphoning

Busted - It's a primary traffic offense to be caught on a cellphone in Washington, and law enforcement officers are cracking down.
Associated Press

Maybe you didn't get the word that the law changed last June: Using your cellphone while driving -- unless you have a hands-free connection -- is a primary offense in Washington.

That means officers can pull you over and write you a $124 ticket, even if you're otherwise obeying the traffic laws. It used to be only a secondary offense, meaning police had to see you speeding, or making an illegal turn, for example, before ticketing you.

The Seattle Times has figured out that Seattle Police have issued about six times as many cellphone tickets since the law changed, compared to the previous year, and the Washington State Patrol has issued about five times more tickets. 

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Crime
10:26 am
Tue June 7, 2011

South Park murder trial begins

Accused rapist and murderer Isaiah Kalebu is taken in a wheeled restraint chair through a hallway at the King County Courthouse in May. He was not allowed in court Monday, the first day of his trial.
Associated Press

The details are heartbreaking. A lesbian couple subject to unspeakable horror after a stranger breaks into their home in the middle of the night. The high profile case happened in 2009 in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle. Now, the man accused of rape and murder, Isaiah Kalebu,  is on trial.

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