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January 20, 2015 at 3:53 PM

Woodinville man pleads guilty to 5 bank robberies

The Associated Press A serial bank robber called the “Alabama Band Robber” because of the hat he wore during the crimes has pleaded guilty to robbing five banks during the month of July. Michael Ryan Hardesty of Woodinville also pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen firearm. Hardesty robbed two banks in Lynnwood, two in Bellingham and one in North…

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January 20, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Bellevue man accused of managing illegal Internet drug market

Federal agents have arrested a Bellevue man accused of assisting in the management of the so-called “Silk Road 2.0″ website, an illicit Internet market for drugs and other black-market goods. Prosecutors have charged 26-year-old Brian Richard Farrell — who they say went by the name “DoctorClu” — with conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. He will appear Tuesday in U.S….

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January 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Accused Russian hacker to get federal public defender

A Russian man accused of trafficking in millions of stolen credit-card numbers will be represented by the Seattle Federal Public Defender’s Office, a judge ruled Wednesday following a closed hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The two private lawyers representing accused international hacker Roman Seleznev were allowed to withdraw their representation following the hearing…

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December 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Seattle artist’s ‘Angry Birds’ lawsuit goes forward

The Associated Press SEATTLE  — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Seattle artist who designed a line of plush pet toys called “Angry Birds.” Juli Adams designed the plush “Angry Birds” toys in 2006 for The Hartz Mountain Corporation, a New Jersey-based pet products company. In her lawsuit, Adams says that three…

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November 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Man accused of kidnapping son from Seattle is back in U.S.

A man charged with kidnapping his son and taking him from Seattle to a South Pacific island is back on U.S. soil, the FBI said Monday. Jeffrey Hanson, 46, was brought to the U.S. Sunday by members of the FBI’s Seattle Safe Streets Task Force. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon on a…

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October 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Pierce County deputies face excessive-force suit in man’s death

The family of a University Place man who died last May after being taken into custody by Pierce County sheriff’s deputies has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit alleging five deputies used excessive force when they beat and used a Taser on Ronald Hillstrom and then laid on top of him, breaking most of his ribs and collapsing his…

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October 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Lawyers ask to move Russia hacking trial to May

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Lawyers on both sides of a federal case against a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses have asked a judge to move his trial out six months. In a motion filed Monday, federal prosecutors and lawyers for Roman  Seleznev said the case is complex and justice would be better…

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October 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Lawsuit says ICE attorney forged document

The Associated Press SEATTLE  — A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney forged a document in an attempt to deport an immigrant seeking to stay in the country with his wife and children, according to a new lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, in Seattle seeks $500,000 in damages for Ignacio Lanuza-Torres because the alleged forgery…

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October 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Judge: March trial for mentally ill in jails case

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A federal judge set a March trial date for a lawsuit filed on the behalf of mentally ill inmates who are waiting weeks to months for competency evaluations and treatment. Before deciding on a date, U.S. District Chief Judge Marsha Pechman repeatedly asked the disability rights lawyers whether the wait list issue could…

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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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