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April 2, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Thorp named to King County Superior Court bench

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday he is appointing Tanya Thorp, a 12-year veteran of the state Attorney General’s Office, to the King County Superior Court to replace Judge Joan DuBuque, who is retiring after serving more than 30 years on the bench. Thorp, 35, of Seattle, received her law degree cum laude from Seattle University in 2002;…

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March 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Man sentenced 2nd time for 1994 shooting at Ballard High School

A 36-year-old man who fatally shot a student outside Ballard High School in 1994 was sentenced for a second time in the drive-by slaying, again to slightly more than 51 years in prison. Brian Ronquillo, who was 16 at the time, fired eight times as the car he was in passed students on the More

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March 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Inslee names new judges to King, Pierce Superior Courts

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointments of two new Superior Court judges, one for King County and one for Pierce County. Seattle attorney John Ruhl will join the King County Superior Court bench, and Deputy Prosecutor Phil Sorensen the Pierce County Superior Court bench. Both appointments become effective April 1. Ruhl, a past president of the King…

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February 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Former city employee ordered to pay $500,000-plus in restitution

A former Seattle Public Utilities employee who embezzled $1.1 million from the utility was ordered today to repay more than $500,000 to the city’s insurance company to fully cover what he stole from taxpayers. Joseph Phan, 47, pleaded guilty last year to 67 counts of first-degree theft for depositing into his own personal account checks that had…

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February 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Man get 38 years for killing former Kentridge football star

A King County Superior Court judge sentenced Jorge Lizarraga to 38 years in prison this afternoon for the shooting death of Devin Topps, a popular 18-year-old Kentridge High School football star, outside a house party in Kent on Halloween 2010. Lizarraga, now 23, was found guilty of second-degree murder in December for Topps’ death, a charge that also carried a firearms enhancement. Topps was killed…

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December 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

2 Seattle lawyers appointed King County judges

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Rogoff and John Chun, a civil lawyer, to the King County Superior Court bench.

Rogoff spent the past six years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 12 years with the King County Prosecutor’s Office and two years in private practice. As an assistant U.S. attorney, Rogoff prosecuted Weldon Marc Gilbert, the millionaire Lake Tapps pilot convicted of luring boys and more than a dozen others into sadistic sexual abuse with offers of flying lessons, trips, alcohol help with homework.

As a deputy prosecutor, Rogoff pursued the case against Dr. Charles Momah, the former obstetrician-gynecologist found guilty of  sexual crimes against four patients.

Chun, a labor and employment litigation specialist at Summit Law Group, previously worked at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates).  According to his profile on the Summit Law Group site, Chun’s practice ”focuses on complex employment, commercial, and international cases. He also provides services as an investigator, arbitrator, and mediator in various types of matters.”

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December 12, 2013 at 8:23 AM

State’s high court upholds $12.75M award to ex-Seattle firefighter

Nearly 10 years after a former Seattle firefighter was injured in a fall while on duty, the Washington  Supreme Court has upheld a King County jury verdict awarding the man $12.75 million On Dec. 23, 2003, Mark Jones awoke in a dark bunk room at the Seattle Fire Department’s Station 33, according to court paperwork. He walked through the…

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November 15, 2013 at 3:31 PM

18 years in prison for drunken driver in fatal Wedgwood accident

An unemployed electrician who killed an Indiana couple and severely injured their daughter-in-law and her newborn son in an auto-pedestrian accident in March has been sentenced to 18 1/2 years in prison. The family members were out for an afternoon walk in the Wedgwood neighborhood on March 25 when an intoxicated Mark W. Mullan drove into them in a…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: drunk driving, King County Superior Court, vehicular homicide

November 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Boy, 14, suspected of sexually assaulting 8-year-old girl held on rape charges

A 14-year-old boy accused of raping an 8-year-old girl in Kent on Thursday waived his appearance in court Friday, when King County Superior Court Judge Helen Halpert found probable cause to hold the boy in secure detention on investigation of first-degree rape and first-degree rape of a child. The girl, who was sexually assaulted and beaten…

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November 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

David Pietz sentenced to 18 years in prison for wife’s murder

A King County judge this morning sentenced Martin “David” Pietz to just over 18 years in prison for the 2006 murder of his wife, Nicole. Jurors had deliberated for about a day and a half before finding Pietz guilty of second-degree murder on Oct. 14. Pietz had long been considered a suspect after Nicole disappeared from the couple’s Lynnwood home…

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