criminal justice

Judicial System Overload
10:23 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Justice Suffers When There Are 'Too Many Cases, Not Enough Time'

Credit Flickr Photo/Joe Gratz (CC BY-NC-ND)

On a Friday in April 2013, King County District Court Judge Victoria Seitz had 66 cases on her docket. “We have too many cases and not enough court time, and so forth, to deal with them,” she announced to the court.

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Courts
3:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Judge Finds Public Defense In Mount Vernon And Burlington Inadequate

Steve Scher talks with Seattle University School of Law professor Robert Boruchowitz about a federal judge's decision that Mount Vernon and Burlington municipal courts have not provided adequate public defense services to indigent clients.

Crime and Punishment
5:13 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Supreme Court Says Wash. Man Got Excessive Prison Sentence

U.S. Supreme Court
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The United States Supreme Court decided Thursday that a Colville man received an excessive prison sentence when a federal judge overstepped his bounds.

The high court’s ruling was welcome news to Matthew Descamps’ family.

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Seattle Police Reform
7:34 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Seattle Police Loosen Rules For New Recruits

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, with former state rep. Kip Tokuda, announces new police hiring policies
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Seattle Police Department is preparing to hire more than 300 new officers in the next five years, and it wants to do things differently.

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Terrorism Or Entrapment?
6:59 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Seattle Man Gets 18 Years For Terror Plot

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif (left) and Walli Mujahidh aim machine guns purchased from a police informant in 2011. Mujahidh is scheduled for sentencing on April 8.
U.S. Attorney's Office

A Seattle man received an 18-year prison sentence on terrorism charges on Monday after plotting to attack a military installation in South Seattle.

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High Court Review
12:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Death Penalty Cases Derailed In King County

An officer leads Joseph McEnroe into the courtroom before he pleaded not guilty to six murder charges at the King County Courthouse in Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008.
AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey

Both of King County’s death penalty cases are on hold pending appeal to the Washington Supreme Court. A key issue in both cases is whether the defendants have experienced any hardships that should have required prosecutors to be more lenient.

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Criminal Sentencing
10:59 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Should Minors Convicted Of Crimes Be Serving Life Sentences Without Parole?

What's your view on life-without-parole sentencing for juveniles?
Flickr Photo/Leonard Chien

Some prisoners in Washington state are currently serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed when they were under the age of 18. Is that just? Last year, the US Supreme Court ruled that a mandatory life-without-parole sentence for juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment. Ross Reynolds explores what Washington state must now do.