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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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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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