Topic: protection order
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October 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM
The state Supreme Court has upheld a $1.1 million civil judgment awarded after a King County jury found that negligence by the Federal Way Police Department led to a woman’s 2008 murder by her boyfriend.
Baerbel “Babs” Roznowski, 66, was fatally stabbed by Chan “Paul” Kim immediately after police served him with an antiharassment order that would have forced him to move out of her Federal Way home.
Officer Andy Hensing went to the home May 3, 2008, handed Kim the order and drove away before Kim left the house, said Jack Connelly, the attorney for Roznowski’s family. Kim killed Roznowski a short time later.
Kim was sentenced in March 2010 to more than 20 years in prison for second-degree domestic-violence murder.
In a unanimous opinion filed this morning, justices found that Hensing ”as part of his duty to act reasonably, owed Roznowski a duty to guard against the criminal conduct of Kim.”
Hensing “knew or should have known that Roznowski and Kim were both present and that his service of the antiharassment order might trigger Kim to act violently,” said the opinion authored by Justice Mary Fairhurst.
In 2010, a King County Superior Court jury awarded Roznowski’s family $1.1 million. The City of Federal Way asked a judge to reconsider, then unsuccessfully appealed to the Court of Appeals.
“It’s a very important decision,” said Tacoma attorney Jack Connolly said about the Supreme Court opinion. “It upholds the original jury finding and states that an anti-harassment order needs to be properly served.”
Connolly, who is representing Roznowski’s family, said the argument “by the city was that anti-harassment orders were sort of a junior order.” Something that didn’t need to be enforced as strictly as a domestic-violence protection orders.
“The woman that was killed had gone to the courthouse and the police department and told them she wanted an order and was told to get the anti-harassment order, not the domestic-violence protection order,” Connolly said. “The anti harassment order is an important order for the protection of usually women who were in a difficult position and needed help.”
June 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM
A 28-year-old Lakewood man accused of using a deadly weapon to rape, kidnap and burglarize his ex-girlfriend last month was arrested for following her car on Friday, according to a Washington State Patrol news release.
Troopers found a woman’s wig, oversize sunglasses, a pair of black gloves, and a roll of duct tape in his trunk after searching his vehicle.
The 26-year-old Bonney Lake woman called 911 near the Puyallup Fair Grounds, telling dispatchers she had been followed since at least Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord and was “afraid to pull over.”
When troopers came behind the man’s car, he made an erratic left turn into a grocery-store parking lot. Troopers pulled him over, and he told them he was on his way to meet a friend, but he couldn’t remember the person’s name. Troopers searched the vehicle and located the disguise and duct tape.
“People don’t carry that around in their cars,” Trooper Guy Gill told The Olympian. “Do I think he had bad intentions? Absolutely.”
The man was booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of violating a protection order that had been issued after he allegedly attacked the woman last month. He was released from Thurston County Jail on May 25 on $50,000 bail, The Olympian reported. When he was arrested after last month’s attack, police found another set of possessions on hand: a handsaw, duct tape, a shovel, zip ties, a large hunting knife, a black stocking hat and black leather gloves.
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