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Straight from the pages of the Wild and the Whacky – A woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma is now sitting in jail because she had Cheeto residue on her teeth that linked her to an attempted home burglary. What were the facts? Well, apparently on February 26th patrol officers were dispatched to reports of a person… Continue Reading »

Criminal charging in-and-around King County has grinded to a halt. Criminal cases all start with an arraignment. An arraignment is where a defendant is formerly told what she is charged with and enters her plea. Right now, Seattle is only arraigning folks that are actually in custody. Those not in custody are not being charged… Continue Reading »

By now, we all know the issues surrounding police and their use of force. It has been a hot topic for many, many months. Today, a SB 5066 is before the Washington State Legislature (“WSL”). If enacted, SB 5066 would compel fellow officers to step-in and intervene if they witness excessive force being used by… Continue Reading »

On December 4, 2020 amid increasing positive test numbers for Covid-19, Judge Fair, the presiding judge for Snohomish County District Courts, extended the suspension of all jury trials until at least January 8, 2021. This was done via the issuance of Administrative Order 20-14, inclusive of attachments A and B, which can be found here… Continue Reading »

Last April the United States Supreme Court ruled that state court juries must be unanimous to convict a defendant of a serious crime. That sage ruling opened the door for the next logical question: Is the ruling retroactive? In other words, does it apply to those defendants already convicted? If so, thousands of convictions will… Continue Reading »

Is the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act (otherwise known as, “CAREN”) legislation about to become law in San Francisco? If so, can Seattle be far behind? Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will decide. CAREN came about because the people of San Francisco are simply fed up with white people calling 911… Continue Reading »

The Seattle City Council’s effort to defund the police is in full swing, and the SPD is fighting back by rolling out a new website meant to put a human face to the department and its employees. The site explains how officers do their jobs, and outlines rules they must follow when using force. Seattle… Continue Reading »

TV shows like “Cops” and “Live PD” have always been viewing generators.  However, due to the current political/ social climate, channels like the A&E Network have elected to remove ‘police’ content in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Mr. Floyd’s death, of course, has sparked protests about police… Continue Reading »

Is law enforcement in Washington getting close to not enforcing non-violent crimes? That is what one Texas police association president is asking officers to do in Austin, Texas. He apparently has told the association’s members to only respond to assigned calls because it’s what the Austin city leaders and the public at large seem to… Continue Reading »

On June 22, 2020 the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to strike its loitering laws for prostitution and drug use. The move was an intentional step away from a criminal justice approach to deal with the problem of drug use and prostitution in Seattle. The criminal defense bar wants an even greater move, however. It… Continue Reading »