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Appellate judges ordered a new trial Tuesday for a Spokane man convicted of being a sexually violent predator because the note he wrote detailing his desire to rape, kidnap and dismember a woman, did not meet the legal definition of a threat. Convicted rapist Shawn D. Botner, who had argued that the note police found was simply part of his therapy, will continue to be held while prosecutors decide how to proceed, authorities said.
In the case of one Spokane man, the bear parts do not make up the sum of a felony. Appellate judges on Tuesday overturned the felony wildlife trafficking conviction of 52-year-old Jason M. Yon, after he paid $800 for four bear gallbladders in 2008 to undercover Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers.
Laurel Siddoway, of Spokane, will win the Appeals Court seat to which she was appointed this spring, ballots tallied Thursday show. Siddoway, 56, has held a small but growing lead over Spokane attorney Harvey Dunham since Tuesday’s ballot counts, and with most ballots counted in the six-county district Thursday evening her election seems certain. She leads Dunham by more than 2,800 votes for the Division 3 position.
Rules of conduct prevent judicial candidates from saying very much about cases, issues or each other. They point to their rèsumès, proclaim respect for the law and insist that they’d be better behind the bench than an opponent. But that doesn’t stop other groups and people from talking about Laurel Siddoway and Harvey Dunham, the candidates for the state Court of Appeals Division III seat on the Aug. 17 primary.
Two seasoned lawyers with limited judicial experience are competing for a seat on one of the state’s most important courts, the state Court of Appeals, Division III. Laurel Siddoway holds the job now, having been appointed to it in March by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
A Spokane attorney involved in a couple of the most contentious civic projects in the past 20 years was named Wednesday to an opening on the state Court of Appeals. Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Laurel Siddoway to the Division III Appeals Court bench in Spokane, filling the slot of retired Judge John Schultheis. Siddoway, a partner at Randall and Danskin, has 30 years of experience in such complex areas as contracts, securities and real estate law, and a special interest in the First Amendment, Gregoire said.