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Judge Joanna Bender Appointed to Superior Court

Posted Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

District Court Judge Johanna Bender has been appointed to the King County Superior Court, replacing Judge Carol A. Schapira, who has served on the King County Superior Court bench since 1989.

Judge Bender previously served as judge pro tem and staff attorney at The Defender Association. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Marsha J. Pechman of the Western District of the United States District Court.

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Seattle Criminal Defense Lawyers

Posted Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

We all have something in common, along with judges, court employees, law enforcement and any member of the public who needs to visit the King County Courthouse. That is WE NEED A NEW COUNTY COURTHOUSE. This 100-year-old monstrosity is literally falling apart and the temporary patch work to the wiring and plumbing can only go so far.

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Probationer’s Roommate Retains Privacy Rights

Posted Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

A probation officer’s authority to search a woman’s apartment suspected of violating the terms of her probation stops at the roommates private space.

In State v. Rooney, Division II was faced with the question whether a warrantless search of an apartment cohabitated by a probationer and her roommate was proper. By statute, a probation officer has authority to search a probationer suspected of violating the terms of probation. But the Court found that “the consent of only one person with common authority over the place to be searched when multiple cohabitants are present, however, is not sufficient to conduct a lawful search of shared space.” In other words, you need to get a warrant.

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Court Finds Search Improper…Even with a Warrant

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

Our Court of Appeals (Division Three) suppressed drugs found in a suspects closed container even after police obtained a search warrant. When a search warrant is executed, the rules require an inventory of the contents be made and done in the presence of a second officer. In State of Washington v. Aaron Linder, the Court found that because these procedures were not followed, all contraband must be suppressed.

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Hope Solo is Back in Court

Posted Friday, October 16, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

An appeals court has overturned the judge’s dismissal of an assault charge naming soccer star Hope Solo. Solo was charged with assaulting a family member in Kirkland in 2014. After numerous and unsuccessful attempts to speak with witnesses, the judge dismissed the case. However, that decision was appealed by the Kirkland Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the appellate court found in favor of the City. The appellate court’s decision is now expected to be appealed by Solo.

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