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Sirens & Gavels lawsuits archive

THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2011

DeLeon's siblings can't file death claims 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The adoptive siblings of a 7-year-old boy who died of starvation in the care of his adoptive mother can't sue for wrongful death, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled today. The estate of Tyler DeLeon (pictured) had filed wrongful death claims...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011

Judge nixes publicity law in Hendrix case

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has struck down parts of Washington's "right of publicity" law in a long-running legal fight over the use of the name and likeness of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly made the ruling this week in...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011

Jury rejects lawsuit against CdA police

A federal jury recently rejected a Coeur d'Alene man's claims of excessive force by police related to a May 2008 traffic stop in which he was shocked with a Taser several times. Jurors found that Coeur d'Alene police Officers Jonathan Cantrell and Timothy Neal did...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Daniel Strange (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman Review)

Jury rejects man's excessive force claim

A jury Wednesday exonerated a Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of several excessive force complaints. The jury found unanimously for Spokane County in a case that began with a traffic stop on Jan. 22, 2006 by Jeff Welton, who was a...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

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THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

Stevens Co. prosecutor suing U.S. gov

Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen is suing the federal government, alleging he was injured during security screening at the Spokane International Airport more than two years ago. Rasmussen, who walks with canes, said he fell on the floor and injured his back and tailbone when...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010

Jail-for-court-debt process sparks suit

After crashing into another car during a police chase in 2001, Spokane resident Lisa Orvis served eight months in jail and was ordered to pay $24,000 restitution. A decade of accrued interest later, she owes the county $70,000 and has spent seven or eight stints...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2010

Florida boy voted out of class gets $350k

MIAMI (AP) — The mother of a Florida child who was kicked out of his kindergarten class after the teacher held a vote among fellow students about his disruptive behavior has reached a $350,000 settlement with St. Lucie County education officials.Federal court documents show the...

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In a frame grab from video obtained by The Associated Press, an inmate attacks fellow inmate Hanni Elabed at the privately-run Idaho Correctional Center just south of Boise, Idaho. Elabed suffered brain damage and persistent short-term memory loss after he was beaten by inmate James Haver while multiple guards watched at the Idaho prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America.  ((AP Photo))

FBI probing assault at Idaho prison

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The surveillance video from the overhead cameras shows Hanni Elabed being beaten by a fellow inmate in an Idaho prison, managing to bang on a prison guard station window, pleading for help. Behind the glass, correctional officers look on, but no...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010

Court rulings support sheriff, police

Spokane area law enforcement prevailed in three cases, including two involving allegations that officers used excessive force, Tuesday in federal court proceedings.The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in favor of the city in the case of...

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Mother's lawsuit faces challenges

Kathleen Smith was a sweet, 52-year-old woman whose body aged but her mind did not. She lived in state care from age 14 until her death at the Lakeland Village Nursing Facility in Medical Lake in 2006. Smith drowned after she was left unattended in...

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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010

Lawsuit claims jail inmate was tortured 

A Spokane County Jail inmate claims in a federal lawsuit that he was beaten without warning by a cell extraction team and later tortured with blows to his genitals. One problem: As Nicolas Garcia’s recent lawsuit notes, the Sept. 21, 2009, incident was filmed by...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 2010

MONDAY, OCT. 4, 2010

Spokane detective in lawsuit on leave

A case that was settled in criminal court two years ago is still percolating in the Spokane Police Department, with a detective suing the city for defamation and his boss, Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, putting him on paid leave, saying his claims of emotional distress make...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, 2010

Sanders gets 4 emails in disclosure case

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An unanimous state Supreme Court on Thursday awarded Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders four additional documents and additional legal fees in his public records lawsuit against the state. Sanders (pictured) sued the state in 2005 after he was admonished for talking...

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Woman sues under domestic violence law

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — An Eastern Washington woman has filed suit against her former employer, claiming the company failed to provide time off to deal with a domestic violence case and ultimately fired her. Attorney Eric Gutierrez of Columbia Legal Services says this is...

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010

Josh Levy died after jumping off the Monroe Street Bridge on July 27, 2007. Family photo (Family photo / The Spokesman-Review)

Parents of Tasered bridge jumper file suit

The parents of a mentally ill man who died after jumping from the Monroe Street Bridge three years ago are suing the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office for $4.7 million. Joshua Levy, a 28-year-old with paranoid schizophrenia, jumped after a standoff...

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

Trial continues in YWCA ex-director's lawsuit

Monica Walters, the former longtime Spokane YWCA executive director who's suing the organization, is expected to continue testifying at a bench trial today in Superior Court.The trial began last week before Judge Jerome Leveque.Walters, who was director for 13 years, left the YWCA in February...

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Ex-dspatcher sues Adams County over Taser

It started with a Taser.Soon, an Adams County Sheriff’s dispatcher was the target of relentless harassment that led to her resignation and still affects her today.Those allegations are contained in a recent complaint against Adams County filed by Jeanette Ivan, a former dispatcher who claims...

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County settles suit over deputies' fatal fight

Spokane County commissioners approved a $50,000 settlement Tuesday in the May 2007 death of a Spokane Valley man who fought with sheriff’s deputies. Trent Yohe, 37, lost consciousness after being restrained hand-and-foot, and died 12 days later of what a county medical examiner said was...

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MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

Suicidal gunman was sued for '05 shooting

The man who shot his wife's ex-husband before killing himself had been sued for a shooting incident in 2005. Chad L. Moore, 35, (left) was serving as his own lawyer in a lawsuit filed by 70-year-old Orville Robert Boyd, who accused him of negligence and...

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