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Who says the DataMaster is obsolete? You might be surprised

Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

Is the DataMaster Breath Test Machine currently used in Washington state “obsolete”? Is the technology utilized by the DataMaster outdated? You might be surprised who thinks so…the Washington State Patrol…the very agency that manages and utilizes these machines for use in DUI investigations.

In a memo dated July 21, 2009 from a representative of the WSP Breath Test Section, the DataMaster machines are referred to as “obsolete” and the new technology as the emerging national standard. This memo was in reference to the State’s decision to get rid of the “obsolete” DataMaster machines and replace them all with the “Drager” breath test machines.

But until the machines are replaced, Washington state will continue using “obsolete” technology to gather breath test evidence.

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Former Bellevue councilwoman charged in theft of campaign signs

Posted Monday, November 3, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

Former Bellevue City Council member h Margot Blacker as been charged with third-degree theft in King County District Court for allegedly stealing two yard signs supporting the pro-gun rights Initiative 591.Blacker served on the City Council from 1990 to 1997 and told police she took the signs as retaliation for the theft of yard signs supporting a competing initiative, I-594, which would expand background checks on gun sales.

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“Not So Elementary,” says Supreme Court on use of Sherlock Holmes

Posted Monday, November 3, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a copyright dispute over the right to portray Sherlock Holmes in a new series of stories. The case involved an appeal from heirs of legendary writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who say anyone portraying characters from the popular detective series must seek permission or pay a licensing fee.

However, a U.S. district court had previously ruled that copyrights had expired on all Sherlock Holmes novels and stories published before 1923, but not on the final 10 stories published after that. The lower court said author Leslie Klinger could use characters from pre-1923 works and a federal appeals court agreed.

The Doyle estate argued that the characters continued to develop in later works so they should remain off-limits until remaining copyrights run out in 2022.

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So Just “Who” is a Public Servant?

Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

According to the State Supreme Court, not Sound Transit Fare Enforcement Officers. It is a crime to lie to public servants, but the Court just found that contract-based ”Fare Enforcement Officers” are not “public servants” under the law.

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Warrant must Authorize the Search, not just the Seizure

Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

The Washington Court of Appeals has ruled that a warrant authorizing the withdrawal of blood must also authorize the testing of that blood. Otherwise, the results are inadmissible. In State v. Jose Martines, the Court found that a warrant is insufficient if it doesn’t contain language authorizing bodily fluids like blood to be tested for alcohol or other drugs. Most warrants have only authorize the withdrawal of fluids…until now.

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