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One the ringleaders of a sprawling West Coast drug and gun trafficking ring has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison.

Marcie Sillman speaks with SeattlePI.com reporter Levi Pulkkinen about why King County Public Health officials decided to place an HIV-positive man under court supervision.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Marshall Clement, director of state initiatives at the Council of State Government's Justice Center, about his ongoing report on the state of Washington's prisons.

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Jenny Durkan, the U.S. Attorney for Western Washington, announced her resignation Wednesday, saying she felt the time was right to go.

Durkan spent five years as the region’s top law enforcement official, which she said was longer than she’d planned.

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A lawsuit over bans on marijuana businesses is headed to Pierce County Superior Court. The legal challenge has put the tiny city of Fife in the spotlight. That’s because the case could potentially derail Washington’s new system for legalized marijuana.

Initiative 502 provided for a new regulatory system for legal marijuana sales. But does that law give cities the ability to ban marijuana businesses if they so choose? That’s the first question for the court.

Bank Of America's Penalty: As Big As It Seems?

Aug 22, 2014

Ross Reynolds talks with Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, about the almost $17 billion settlement against Bank of America and why it's not as big as it seems.

Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing.

The Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the practice of "boarding" mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful.

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About 15 years ago, the Bellevue Police Department decided it needed an artist to sketch suspects.

A lieutenant stopped by Detective Greg Bean’s desk with a flyer that promised, “No experience necessary.”

“He throws it on my desk and says, ‘You’re going to art school,’” Bean said.

A north Idaho teenager accused of killing his father and brother is no longer being held in solitary confinement at an adult county jail.

It was early May 2007. Two friends, 16-year-old Christopher Horton and 20-year-old Brian Dean, were sitting on a porch on 23rd Steet and Orcutt Avenue in Newport News, Va., in the city's downtown neighborhood.

Someone walked up to the porch where they were sitting and opened fire with a handgun, killing both Horton and Dean.

There are a lot of steps that come between an arrest and a conviction, and between conviction and sentencing. And throughout that winding process, a prosecutor's decisions carry enormous weight.

Does the prosecutor accept the case? Does she have the defendant jailed before trial? Is a plea bargain offered to the defendant, and if so, what are the terms?

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“As a practical matter, that train has left the station,” said Burt Neuborne, a New York University law professor, concerning the Supreme Court’s adoption of the idea that a corporation is a person for the purposes of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees life, liberty, property and equal protection of the laws.

Marcie Sillman talks with Sarah Stillman, journalist at the New Yorker, about the private companies supplying services in our criminal justice system.

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Marcie Sillman talks with King County public defender Virginia Faller about Washington state's civil commitment laws.

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