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October 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Judge dismisses suit by SPD officers on use-of-force reforms

Sweeping away all claims, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 100 Seattle police officers seeking to block new, federally mandated use-of-force policies. “It does not shock the conscience to see certain de-escalation procedures imposed on police officers in an effort by their Department to avoid a pattern or practice of excessive use of force,”…

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October 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Judge has pointed questions in SPD officers’ use-of-force lawsuit

A federal judge on Thursday fired a barrage of skeptical questions at an attorney representing dozens of  Seattle police officers who filed suit seeking to block new, federally mandated use-of-force policies. “Ignored or not agreed with?” U.S. District  Judge Marsha Pechman pointedly asked the attorney, Athan Tramountanas, when he asserted the officers’ concerns about the policies had been ignored…

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October 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Federal judge denies order for mentally ill in Washington jails

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A federal judge says she does not have enough information to grant a temporary restraining order that would make sweeping changes to Washington’s mental health system. But U.S. District Chief Judge Marsha Pechman told lawyers at a Wednesday hearing that she sees serious constitutional concerns in the way the state handles mentally…

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September 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM

King County man sentenced to 7 years for attempted pot robbery

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A federal judge sentenced a 19-year-old King County man to seven years in prison for using a firearm during an attempted marijuana robbery that turned deadly. Federal prosecutors say Lenny Brikn Jr. and his half-brother Deshawn Boykin pulled a gun and tried to rob two men who arrived at a Federal Way apartment…

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September 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Bonney Lake man pleads guilty to possession of child porn

A 45-year-old Bonney Lake man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty this week in U.S. District Court to possessing and distributing child pornography, including a nearly six-minute video that shows the sexual abuse of an infant girl who was hung upside-down, beaten and tortured with ice and a lit candle. Kevin Gerald Heiland collected more…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: child pornography, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. District Court

September 17, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Spokane’s ‘South Hill Rapist’ to remain at McNeil Island

The Associated Press TACOMA — A federal judge in Tacoma has ruled that convicted rapist Kevin Coe of Spokane is not entitled to a new trial. The decision means that Coe — who was dubbed the South Hill Rapist in the 1980s — will remain confined at the state’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. Coe was convicted…

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September 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Russian accused of hacking seeks new detention

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Lawyers for the Russian man charged with hacking into the computer systems of businesses throughout the U.S. are asking a federal judge in Seattle to hold a hearing as soon as possible so they can make their case for moving Roman Seleznev out of a Special Housing Unit. The lawyers say his…

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September 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Feds oppose lawsuit, attorneys for migrant minors

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Attorneys for the federal government say moving forward on a lawsuit demanding legal representation for immigrant minors facing deportation would attract more children to travel to the United States. Government attorneys also said at the Wednesday hearing in Seattle’s U.S. District Court  that it would be unlikely for Congress to approve the…

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August 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

City, federal monitor move to dismiss suit by SPD officers

Attorneys for the city of Seattle asked a federal judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit in which more than 100 Seattle police officers are seeking to block new use-of-force policies stemming from federally mandated reforms. Shortly after, attorneys for  the federal monitor overseeing the reforms also filed a motion to dismiss, calling the officers’ claims “legally…

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