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Three men whose convictions for drug-related crimes were thrown out after they spent four years in prison are not entitled to compensation by the state, a Spokane County judge has ruled. Robert Larson, Tyler Gassman and Paul Statler sued the state in January 2014 and sought about $680,000 under a law written to compensate prisoners who were wrongfully jailed. The three men were convicted of charges including assault, robbery and drive-by-shooting stemming from drug-related activity in April 2008 and have maintained their innocence.
Three men who say they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a drug-related robbery from April 2008 they did not commit lost a bid for compensation under a state law after a four-day trial in January.
County officials are pushing back after Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich predicted last week the end of large-scale drug trafficking investigations due to budget woes. Knezovich said Monday he’d met with county commissioners, who told him there was no additional money in the general fund available for the Spokane Regional Drug Task Force.
The cameras that will soon be worn by all Spokane police officers on patrol may continue rolling without consent in most cases, the Washington attorney general’s office announced Monday. Most interactions between officers and citizens are public and exempt from the state’s stringent privacy laws, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and members of his team told reporters Monday. They believe that finding will prompt many jurisdictions to adjust their policies.
Conversations between law enforcement and members of the public may be recorded on police body cameras without citizen consent, according to an opinion issued today by Washington State Attorney General's Office.
WASHINGTON – In a second trail-blazing pick for the nation’s top law enforcement officer, President Barack Obama intends to nominate a federal prosecutor in New York to become the next attorney general and the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. Obama’s spokesman said Friday the president will announce his selection of Loretta Lynch from the White House today. If confirmed by the Senate, she would replace Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September after serving as the nation’s first black attorney general.
Jurors threw out two counts of criminal insurance fraud against Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Jeske this afternoon.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning after heading the Justice Department for six years.
The Washington state Attorney General’s Office and AARP are having a free “Scam Jam” Sept. 9 in Spokane to help people avoid today’s leading scams designed to steal your identity and your savings, especially those that prey on seniors. The event will focus on scams that are tearing through the nation. Participants also will hear tips learned straight from the con-artists about who they target and why, according to an AARP press release.
OLYMPIA – Washington wants to join legal battles between some potential pot businesses and cities that won’t let them open inside their boundaries. But Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the state won’t side strictly with one side or the other. It hopes to argue that cities have the right to ban such businesses under state law, even if they have licenses from the state Liquor Control Board, but cities can’t use the excuse that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
OLYMPIA – The state wants to join a couple of legal battles between some potential pot businesses and cities that won’t let them open inside their boundaries.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington attorney general’s office says food handler certificates issued through the eFoodhandlers website are not valid in the state.
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The cases of four women, among them a Spokane caregiver, accused of Medicaid fraud have returned $137,000 to state coffers, according to the Washington state attorney general's office.
Colville Police officer Rex Newport pleaded guilty to five criminal felony and misdemeanor counts Tuesday, according to the Washington Attorney General's Office. Newport admitted to having sex on the job with women who were suspected of driving drunk.
BOISE – Idaho taxpayers have paid private attorneys more than $18 million in the past three years to do the state’s legal work, in large part because the Idaho attorney general’s office doesn’t have the staff to handle the caseload. The Associated Press obtained the payment information through a public-records request to the Idaho state controller’s office. It shows that Idaho government agencies have paid private law firms more than $18 million since fiscal year 2011, including about $3 million for attorneys who serve as administrative hearing officers. The private law firms charge the state anywhere from $125 to more than $400 an hour, compared to the $54 per hour it costs to have one of the state’s staff attorneys do the job.
OLYMPIA – If someone calls your cellphone from a Caribbean island but hangs up before you answer, chances are some friend wasn’t calling to gloat about sipping daiquiris on a beach. Don’t call back, or you could be out $20 or more, the Washington attorney general’s office warns.