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Eddie Ray Hall, longtime felon released from prison due to pandemic, is back in jail

Hall, who had been serving a 16-year sentence on a charge of dealing methamphetamine, was released from prison in August 2020 after successfully petitioning U.S. District Court Judge Robert Whaley that he would likely face severe health complications if he contracted COVID-19 while behind bars. Hall was one of 2,549 inmates, 16 in Eastern Washington, who successfully petitioned courts for release in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission. 

Federal judge orders attempted kidnapping defendant Ronald Ilg to remain in jail

Magistrate Judge John T. Rodgers handed down the order Tuesday after a hearing late last week. At that hearing, Ilg's attorney Carl Oreskovich argued that his client could be released on home monitoring to prevent him speaking with any alleged victims or witnesses in the case. Prosecutors argued no release conditions would protect the women. 

ACLU, Disability Rights Washington fighting release of records tied to Washington’s transgender prison population

An attorney representing five anonymous inmates argued against the release of the records in a federal courtroom in Spokane on Wednesday afternoon. The Washington Department of Corrections has prepared the records for release, but Disability Rights Washington and the ACLU argue doing so would cause irreparable harm to the 149 incarcerated people who identify as transgender, particularly because some of the records sought are forms completed by transgender inmates seeking protection from harm in prisons.

Spokane doctor accused of attempted kidnapping in dark web Bitcoin scheme

Ronald Craig Ilg is accused of attempted kidnapping, a federal offense that carries a potential 20-year prison penalty. The FBI, acting on a tip, launched an investigation that included Ilg allegedly using the dark web to hire a hitman to kidnap, drug and injure two women. 

Biden announces diverse first slate of judicial nominees

 President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled his first slate of judicial nominees, a racially diverse and mostly female field that is a sharp departure from the largely white and male picks during Donald Trump’s administration.