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Category: courts
July 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Court secrecy: Privacy rights best determined by the Legislature

The Seattle Times provided a good discussion regarding the litigants in state court proceedings who seek to keep their identities from public disclosure [“Open-court issues in the spotlight with state Supreme Court ruling,” Opinion, July 27].  As The Times noted, the state Supreme Court arrived at the correct decision regarding the Burien tenants…

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Comments | More in courts | Topics: court secrecy, David Voyles, Legislature

May 2, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Court secrecy necessary to protect the innocent

The guest column “The return to secrecy in the courts?” [Opinion, April 30] warns us that the state Supreme Court is considering a change that would allow the identities of defendants in criminal cases to be concealed. The column begins by describing three criminal convictions: one for sexual harassment and retaliation, one for a college’s shoddy…

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Comments | More in courts | Topics: judicial secrecy, Robert and Susan Stanton, state supreme court

September 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ref. 71: Should signatures be public?

A signature, like a vote, is private I want to thank Judge Benjamin Settle for the courage to stop the release of names of people who signed Referendum 71 ["R-71 signatures kept private," page one, Sept. 11]. Even though I did not sign this one, as a private citizen I think of these petitions as a vote….

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Comments | More in courts, Election, Families, Gay marriage, Gay rights, Politics, Republicans, State initiatives

September 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cougars and pit bulls: How should we handle dangerous animals?

A cougar removed while dangerous pit bulls are ignored Did any one else see the dichotomy of these situations: A cougar living in its natural habitat, which happens to be near an urban area is hunted down, captured and moved to a more remote area because of the potential of the danger its presence presents [“Discovery…

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Comments | More in animals, courts, crime/justice, Environment, Parks, Pets

September 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Kent teacher’s strike illegal: Should they abandon picket lines?

Strike illegal, but will teachers face consequences? For being educated people, striking Kent teachers don’t seem to understand their strike is illegal, yet they still serve no consequence for their action. ["Kent teachers delay decision on whether to stay on strike," page one, Sept. 4.] Kent teachers point their fingers at other school districts when they talk…

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Comments | More in budget cuts, courts, Education, Education reform, Families, Labor, Teachers

August 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Traffic law: Is a criminal charge warranted in killing others on the road?

Roads shouldn’t be governed by survival of the fittest I heartily disagree with the state Court of Appeals and The Seattle Times ["Court right to reject Seattle traffic law," Opinion, editorial, Aug. 21] that a traffic infraction cannot turn into a crime. It seems to me that turning illegally into the path of an oncoming vehicle —…

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Comments | More in bicycling, courts, Pedestrians, Public safety, Seattle, Traffic congestion, Transportation

August 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Overturned pedestrian law: sending motorists the wrong message

Cyclists, pedestrians not just collateral damage in accidents Is the life of a bicyclist or pedestrian worth no more than the life of a deer shot out of hunting season? That appears to be the opinion of The Seattle Times in its Aug. 21 editorial ["Court right to reject Seattle traffic law," Opinion]. Per The Times and…

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Comments | More in bicycling, courts, Pedestrians, Public safety, Seattle, Transportation

July 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

South Park slaying: Don’t finger mental illness as cause

Kalebu case highlights importance of treatment Your coverage of the horrible murder and assault that Isaiah M.K. Kalebu is accused of committing ["Video, DNA trail led police to suspect," page one, July 26] suggests he became competent to stand trial in response to mental-health treatment at Western State Hospital. Like most people who have severe mental illnesses,…

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Comments | More in courts, crime/justice, Mental illness

July 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

South Park murder: Judge missed chance to prevent tragedy

Judges may not have clairvoyance, but do need common sense Editor, The Times: The revelation that our justice system had an opportunity to keep the public safe from at least one potential danger and decided not to is both disturbing and incredibly sad ["South Park slaying suspect caught," NWSaturday, July 25]. The King County Prosecutor’s Office apparently…

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Comments | More in courts, crime/justice, Mental illness, Public safety

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