Law

Law
12:31 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Judge delays sentencing of MLK Day bomber

SPOKANE, Wash. - Attorneys for a Northwest white supremacist accused of planting a bomb along a parade route have won more time to look into federal hate crimes law. Accused would-be bomber Kevin Harpham had been scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. But a federal judge in Spokane postponed the decision for another three weeks.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Harpham is accused of planting a homemade bomb in a backpack in downtown Spokane last Martin Luther King Day.

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Law and order
9:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Jurors and smart phones, a troubling mix for courtroom judges

What potential jurors will be seeing from now on in Washington courtrooms.

'OMG! Finalst 4 jury - just like American Idol! ;)'

In the age of the smart phone, courts throughout the state (and around the world really) are grappling with serious problems caused by jurors using social media sites or other online services during trials.

Now, Washington’s courts are trying new tactics to stop jurors from over-sharing.

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Law
5:07 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

No assault charges for Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones

Ben Fodor fashions himself as a Seattle superhero called Phoenix Jones.
Associated Press

Officials in Seattle have decided not to press charges against a self-proclaimed superhero who was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray.

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Economy
4:32 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Some NW Republicans Urge 'Supercommittee' To 'Go Big'

The deadline for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction -- or 'Supercommittee' -- to cut $1.2 trillion from the nation’s debt is next week.

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:06 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A special budget panel lead by Washington Senator Patty Murray remains gridlocked as it nears its deadline next week. Some Northwest lawmakers are urging the so-called “super committee” to exceed its goal of cutting $1.2 trillion from the nation’s debt.

If the “supercommittee” fails to reach a bipartisan solution by next Wednesday, deep spending cuts are slated to fall on nearly all of the federal budget. That puts a lot of pressure on Murrray, a co-chair of the panel.

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Law
8:46 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Follow @SeattlePD around during Twitter "ride-along"

Seattle police posted this photo on Twitter to show "what a stripped car looks like" during a virtual ride-along in the South precinct.
Seattle Police Department

Have you ever wondered what a Seattle police officer does all day? You’re not alone.

The department says it typically has long waiting lists of people who want to ride along on patrols. Now it’s offering a way to virtually give everyone a chance to see the action.   

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Court Martial
9:43 am
Thu November 10, 2011

War crimes case expected to go to jury

The judge in a high profile war crimes court martial is expected to send the case to the jury today. Closing arguments are now complete in the case against Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs. He's accused of orchestrating the deaths of unarmed Afghan civilians.

Army prosecutor Major Robert Snow told the military jury their decision should not be difficult. His precise closing words: "Let your verdict speak the truth that Staff Sgt. Gibbs is a murderer."

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Fair Housing
10:16 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Undercover sting finds illegal housing discrimination in Seattle

A snapshot of everyday business practices displays a pattern of discrimination against black and disabled renters in Seattle. That’s the conclusion of an undercover investigation by the city’s Office for Civil Rights. 

The city contracted with the non-profit Fair Housing Center of Washington to test 48 properties that were randomly selected. It found more than half of all properties tested showed evidence of illegal housing discrimination.

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Domestic Partnership
10:09 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Gay rights group to publish names of R-71 petition signers

In 2009 Ref. 71 asked voters to approve or reject granting registered domestic partners additional state rights previously given only to married couples. It was approved with 53 percent of the vote.
Elaine Thompson AP

Washington voters who signed an anti-domestic partnership petition in 2009 can expect their names to appear online within a month. That's the word Tuesday from a Massachusetts-based gay rights group called "Know Thy Neighbor."

Referendum 71 was a failed effort by opponents of gay marriage to repeal Washington's "everything but marriage" domestic partnership law. Now, following a protracted legal battle, a federal judge has ordered the petitions be made public.

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Law
9:20 am
Tue October 18, 2011

13-year sentence for murder of girl, 15, in Burien

KENT, Wash. — A Burien teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting his girlfriend was sentenced Monday in Kent to 13 years in prison.

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Protesting Wall Street
12:57 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Occupy Seattle protesters still say they won't abandon Westlake Park

Occupy Seattle organizers pack up some supplies in anticipation of the city removing a large tent. However, protesters say they don't plan to leave Westlake Park.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Mayor Mike McGinn has once again told Occupy Seattle protesters at Westlake Park that they must follow the rules against camping in the park. 

Occupy Seattle protesters say they will expand to City Hall but won’t abandon Westlake.

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Law
10:51 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Seattle 'superhero' Phoenix Jones bails out, hits the streets

This February photo, self-styled Seattle superhero "Phoenix Jones," right, in downtown Seattle. Police officers arrested Phoenix Jones early Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray.
Associated Press

SEATTLE — Seattle's self-style superhero Phoenix Jones wrote on his Facebook page that he was back on patrol Monday night.

He had to wear a backup costume after police seized his black and yellow outfit Sunday when they arrested him for investigation of assault. He is accused of using pepper spray on four people who were dancing after leaving a nightclub.

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Seattle Protests
11:33 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Seattle protests grow larger as Portland protesters spend night in tents

Protesters crowd Portland streets in support of Occupy Wall Street protests. Many Portland protesters spent the night in parks as Portland Police decided not to enforce no camping laws.
Greg Wahl Stevens Associated Press

Protests in Westlake Park are expected to grow in size Friday and Saturday as labor union members and Afghan war protestors join Occupy Seattle protestors.

Union representatives have visited Westlake Park and voiced their support for Occupy Seattle protesters.

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Washington State University
8:24 am
Fri October 7, 2011

WSU frat learns kicking down sorority door is not a 'prank'

PULLMAN, Wash. — Five members of a Washington State University fraternity have been arrested for what they call a "porch raid" prank and what police call residential burglary.

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Law
4:55 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Washington judge lets murder defendant take road trip

A Washington state judge is letting a murder defendant take a two-week, five-state road trip before her arraignment.

Peggy Sue Thomas was arrested this summer at her houseboat in New Mexico and charged with first-degree murder.

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Community relations
1:00 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Washington Muslim group asks for investigation of FBI bias

SEATTLE — A Washington Muslim group is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate anti-Islam bias in FBI trainings of law enforcement officers and regular citizens.

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