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Law
7:57 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Study Reveals Worse Outcomes For Black And Latino Defendants

Cyrus Vance Jr., the district attorney for Manhattan, wanted to see if there were disparities in how the cases were disposed of.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:26 am

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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Legal Standing
2:36 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Yes, Corporations Do Share Many Of Our Rights

This photo taken June 30, 2014, shows demonstrators reacting outside the Supreme Court in Washington after hearing the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

“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.

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Law
3:38 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The Private Industry Side Of Criminal Justice

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

Civil Commitment
3:17 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Why Some Convicted Sex Offenders Never Get Released

Credit Flickr Photo/Leonard Chien (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

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

Defense Strategy
9:27 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Tearful But Not Dramatic: Sentencing Videos Aim To Humanize Defendants

Tommy Sanderson, his mother Victoria, and father Richard Sanderson in his sentencing video.
Credit Courtesy of Federal Public Defenders office.

Every sentencing comes down to two things according to attorney Michael Filipovic: Why did this person commit this crime, and why is he not going to do it again?

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Public Nudity
2:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

How Naked Is ‘Legally’ Naked At Fremont Solstice Parade?

These Solstic Parade participants, scantily clad as they may be, don't have to worry about nudity laws. But what about the famous bicyclists?
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Marcie Sillman talks with attorney Lance Fryrear about when you can, and when you can't, be naked in Seattle.

Legal Lesson
3:14 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Since DOMA's Defeat, State Bans On Same-Sex Marriage Topple One By One

Flickr Photo/Guillaume Paumier (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to University of Washington law professor Peter Nicolas about federal judges striking down state bans on same-sex marriage.

Washington Supreme Court
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Inslee's Judicial Appointees Virtually Unopposed On Ballot

Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu takes the oath in the state’s Temple of Justice.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:48 pm

The Washington Supreme Court has its first openly-gay, Asian-American, Latina justice. Former King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu was sworn-in Tuesday.

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Law
3:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

New State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu's Judicial Philosophy

Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu.
Flickr Photo/OnceAndFutureLaura

David Hyde speaks with the Justice Mary Yu, who was sworn in to the Washington Supreme Court on May 20.  She's the first Asian-American and openly gay Supreme Court justice in Washington.

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Maurice Clemmons Case
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Washington Supreme Court To Hear Lakewood Police Killings Challenge

File photo of the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:59 pm

It’s been almost five years since Maurice Clemmons gunned down four Lakewood, Washington, police officers in a coffee shop. Clemmons’ aunt and cousin were convicted of helping him after the murders.

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Kickstarter Project
8:14 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Washington State Files Lawsuit Over Alleged Crowdfunding Scam

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:23 am

One of the victims of an alleged crowdfunding scam says he’s not counting on getting his money back, but he’s glad Washington’s attorney general has filed a consumer protection lawsuit.

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Law And Justice
3:11 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

How Juries Are Selected In High Profile Cases

Credit Flickr Photo/Andrew Baisden (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Jeffery Robinson, attorney at Seattle law firm Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender, about how juries are selected in cases that have been covered extensively in the media.

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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EarthFix Reports
9:06 am
Thu March 13, 2014

EarthFix Conversation: Using Environmental Law To Combat Climate Change

Mary Wood is the founder of the University of Oregon's Environment and Natural Resources Law Program.
Credit Courtesy of University of Oregon

Can environmental laws protect the planet from climate change? They haven't so far, according to University of Oregon law professor Mary Wood. But she says one day they could.

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Judicial Conduct
12:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

King County Judge Admonished For 'One Day Special' In Courtroom

Flickr Photo/SalFalko (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a King County judge this week for offering the equivalent of a “one day special” in her courtroom.

On April 26, 2013, Judge Victoria Seitz had a full docket in the King County District Court.

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