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December 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Ex-Seattle firefighters, woman acquitted of assaulting homeless men

Defendants Scott Bullene (glasses), from left, Robert Howell and Mia Jarvinen, with attorney Jay Wilkinson, in front, listen to a Seattle Municipal Court jury’s verdict that acquitted the trio of assaulting several homeless men during a confrontation in March in Occidental Park. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) A Seattle Municipal Court jury has acquitted…

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November 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

City resolves case of retired SPD officer accused of impersonating cop

A retired Seattle police officer charged with criminal impersonation for working at a construction site with lapsed credentials agreed Tuesday to perform 150 hours of community service and pay $50 in restitution to a woman who complained he angrily grabbed and pulled her while crossing the street. In a resolution approved in Seattle Municipal Court, Judge…

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September 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Seattle judge dismisses 100 tickets for public pot use

A Seattle Municipal Court judge has dismissed 100 tickets for public use of marijuana, many written by a police officer described as having a political agenda. Judge Fred Bonner signed the orders Wednesday at the request of the City Attorney’s Office, which on Tuesday filed 22 motions to dismiss for those who had paid the $27…

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September 8, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Mental Health Court is paying off for city, officials say

In 1999, Seattle became one of the first cities in the country to establish a special Municipal Court program for defendants with mental illnesses. The move is still paying off, officials told the City Council on Monday. Defendants are referred to Seattle’s Mental Health Court by judges, defense lawyers, prosecutors, jail staff and others, and…

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July 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Man found not guilty in May Day 2013 protest

A man charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer during Seattle’s May Day “anti-capitalism” demonstration in 2013 was acquitted in a trial last week. A Seattle Municipal Court jury found Justin Descandon Gonzalez, 26, not guilty Thursday. Gonzalez, who was arrested at Eighth Avenue and Pine Street, was one of a number of people arrested during…

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January 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Deal reached to dismiss assault charge against SPD officer

Seattle police Officer Chris Hairston, left, with his attorney, Peter Offenbecher talking to the judge who approved a deal that allows a charge accusing him of assaulting a handcuffed man to be dropped after two years if Hairston meets court conditions. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) A criminal charge against a…

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October 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Bail set at $100,000 for sex offender who fled Canada

A judge this morning set bail at $100,000 for Michael Sean Stanley, a sex offender who earlier this month fled Canada for Seattle. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) A judge this morning set bail at $100,000 for sex offender Michael Sean Stanley following his arrest Tuesday on a harassment charge. Stanley, a…

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February 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Police lieutenant accused of violating no-contact order reaches deal with court

A Seattle police lieutenant charged with violating a domestic-violence court order reached an agreement this morning that could lead to the charge being dropped. Under the dispositional continuance, the case against Lt. Donnie Lowe will be pending for 12 months. If Lowe complies with certain conditions — no criminal law violations, carries no weapons except his service weapon and pays…

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November 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM

UPDATE: Former Husky Doug Wrenn convicted of harassing ex-girlfriend

Former University of Washington basketball player Doug Wrenn was convicted this afternoon of harassing an ex-girlfriend. Seattle Municipal Court Judge C. Kimi Kondo found Wrenn guilty of four counts of cyberstalking and four counts of telephone harassment during a stipulated bench trial. During the several-hour-long hearing, Kondo read police reports and other evidence aloud before rendering the guilty findings. Another…

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November 15, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Defendant punches his lawyer in the face in Seattle courtroom

If you think you had a hard day at work, just be glad you’re not a public defender. A defendant punched his lawyer in the face this morning in a Seattle courtroom after whispering to her, “You’re dead,” according to Seattle police. Public defender Janet Cavallo asked her client, Keith A. Ratliff, to sign a document during…

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