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Court of Appeals-Prosecutor Can Mention Breath Test in Opening Statement

Posted Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

It is well settled that any party may, in opening statement, refer to admissible evidence expected to be presented at trial. This theory was put to the test in a DUI trial when the Puyallup City Prosecutor told the jury what the defendant’s breath test… read more

Supreme Court Upholds Fines Against L&I

Posted Friday, March 25, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

Washington’s Supreme Court has upheld nearly $503,000 in fines against the state’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for improperly delaying the release of more than 5,400 pages of public records to The Seattle Times. The majority opinion affirms… read more

Feds Advise Local Courts to Beware of Fines

Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

The Justice Department is asking local courts across the country to be wary of how they slap poor defendants with fines and fees to fill their jurisdictions’ coffers, warning that such practices often run afoul of the U.S. Constitution and have serious… read more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Local Transit Ad Ban

Posted Friday, March 11, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

A U.S Supreme Court without former justice Antonin Scalia just let stand King County Metro’s rejection of a controversial ad that some had called anti-Muslim. The court declined to hear a challenge from the ad’s sponsors at the American Freedom Defense… read more

Appeals Court: Warrantless Blood Draw for Pot Suppressed

Posted Wednesday, March 2, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

The Court of Appeals just ruled that police still need to get a warrant to draw blood even for marijuana despite the argument it leaves the blood stream quicker than alcohol. In that case, Seattle police arrested a woman for DUI after she was involved in… read more

State Must Reimburse UW Student Acquited of Assault

Posted Friday, February 19, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

A King County judge just ordered the State to reimburse a 22-year-old man his legal fees after being acquitted by a jury of stabbing a fellow University of Washington student during a fight last year. The jury found that he acted in self-defense and… read more

Seattle "Weeding Out" Unlicensed Producers

Posted Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

Seattle is vowing to crack down on illegal, black market marijuana businesses that are undercutting licensed retailers. The Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board estimates the black market makes up around 28% of the entire market but legal retailers… read more

Shortage of Troopers Resulting in Fewer DUI Arrests

Posted Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

Those who “drive hammered,” as the long-running anti-drunken driving ad goes, aren’t “getting nailed” nearly as often these days in Washington. Impaired driving charges are down by nearly a third around the state in the past decade. One factor that cannot… read more

So Who's Tattoo is it Anyway?

Posted Tuesday, February 2, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

Beware video game makers…if you use a professional players image including their tattoos…the ink artist might be able to lay claim to their work. This issue is at the center of a lawsuit involving the makers of “NBA 2K16,” who used custom ink designs… read more

Colorado Studying Marijuana Detection Device

Posted Monday, February 1, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

The Washington State Patrol is monitoring their brethren in Colorado, where officials are testing new technology to detect marijuana. Washington law enforcement currently do not have a device to detect pot or other drugs. Aside from visual clues, officers… read more

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