Bales expected to plead guilty today: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier who is charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians in March 2012 during a tour of duty with an Army unit from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is expected to plead guilty today in an Army court. As the Associated Press reports, Bales’ attorney expects the judge to question Bales closely before deciding on his plea. If the judge accepts the plea, Bales would received a life sentence with or without possibility of parole.
A day in the life of a criminal judge: Reporter Christine Clarridge spends a day in Chief Criminal Judge Ronald Kessler’s court. Kessler was criticized for allowing a sex offender to be freed on personal recognizance last March. The sex offender is accused of kidnapping and raping a woman shortly after. Kessler gives an uncommon look at the difficult choices judges face. “Sometimes I will be wrong,” he said.
Did you wake up in California? No. Who would want to do that? But seriously, our 70s-and-sunny-and-not-stopping weather feels more like Los Angeles. Where’s the June gloom? I’m getting tired of the sun …
Jesus Montero’s having a heckuva terrible year: First, he got sent down to AAA. Then, Montero found out he had to get knee surgery. Now, he’s one of about 20 MLB players that ESPN’s Outside The Lines reports will get the hammer from Major League Baseball for alleged connections to performance enhancing drugs supplied by the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in the Miami area. In February, M’s reporter Geoff Baker asked Montero about his connection to Anthony Bosch, the owner of the clinic. Outside The Lines reports Bosch will testify against players. “I don’t even know who he is,” Montero said at the time. “I’ve never heard of him.” For all his (alleged) failings, Mariners fans can take solace in knowing he’s not this guy, who also makes the list of players the MLB reportedly seeks to suspend.
King County didn’t care about NBA rejection: A new poll found 51 percent of King County residents reacted with ambivalence to the NBA’s decision to keep the Kings in Sacramento. 33 percent were disappointed, 12 percent were glad. In a poll conducted a year ago, 24 percent said they didn’t care about a basketball team in Seattle. Maybe, now that the NBA has broken our hearts for the second time, we’re playing hard to get.
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