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Since the start of the pandemic more people facing criminal charges are missing court hearings, but local criminal justice leaders hope to reduce those numbers by letting defendants appear in front of judges virtually from local homeless shelters and behavioral health offices.
Spokane County officials are barring friends and relatives from visiting inmates in the downtown jail and at the Geiger Corrections Center to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Officials also are suspending all educational and therapeutic programs for inmates at Geiger, as well as the inmate work crew.
District Court Judge Aimee Maurer said the goal is “to reduce or eliminate barriers to participants’ success with their court-ordered requirements, and encourage a healthy and productive reintegration into the community.”
The state auditor’s office found roughly one-third of Washington’s jail inmates are candidates for pretrial services such as electronic monitoring, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and texts and phone calls that remind people of court dates.
Terri Cooper wears a judge’s robe and makes judicial decisions in local courts in both Cheney and Airway Heights. She’s been making those legal decisions for bout 16 years. But there’s a catch.
In response to questions from a judge, Donavan L. Gibson sounded brusk, almost annoyed, as he confirmed that he understood his rights. The 35-year-old murder suspect made his first appearance in Spokane County District Court on Monday afternoon. Police say he barged into a home in northeast Spokane on the night of Nov. 20 and shot two people, including his estranged wife.
Shelley Szambelan will remain a judge on the Spokane County Superior Court, having won nearly 60 percent of votes in her race against attorney Dennis Cronin, early ballot returns show. Patrick Johnson has beat Randy Brandt by a similar margin in a race to become a Spokane County District Court judge.
Two candidates vying to become Spokane County District Court’s newest judge are on their way to the general election after escaping a close race in the primary.
She’s known for a week but the NCAA made it official on Thursday: Whitworth graduate Kayla Leland has been selected as one of 30 finalists for NCAA Woman of the Year.
Judge Vance Peterson’s planned retirement at the end of the year has drawn three challengers vying to become Spokane County’s newest district court judge. All three have lived in Spokane for decades, some born and raised. All three graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law and spent years working as attorneys. Where they diverge is the experience – particularly, whether they’ve already donned the black robes.
A candidate running for district court judge may be in violation of state judicial conduct rules by advertising possibly misleading information to voters.
A Newman Lake man accused of beating his girlfriend to death in November was sentenced to 16 years in prison earlier this month.
After Judge Gregory Tripp retired, the Spokane County District Court effectively gave up most of the money that would have gone toward his 2018 salary and benefits.
An Assistant U.S. Attorney, who was part of the prosecution team that won a conviction against former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., was arrested early Friday and charged with DUI.
Clutching a framed photograph of Tina Stewart to his chest, Don Estus struggled to put into words just how much she meant to him.
Spokane County District Court Judge Gregory Tripp has announced his plans to retire at the end of September.
Spokane County Commissioners will move forward to fill a vacant district court judge seat, reversing course after asking the state to reduce the number of judges on the county payroll in June.
The man accused of killing his in-laws and setting their rural Spokane County home on fire after his wife spoke with him about divorce will remain in custody of the Spokane County Jail on $3 million bond. Roy Murry, 30, remained handcuffed for his brief appearance before Spokane County District Court Judge Vance Peterson on Tuesday. Murry is suspected of shooting Spokane Fire Department Lt. Terry Canfield; Canfield’s wife, Lisa Canfield; and her son, John Constable, to death before burning the Canfield home southeast of Deer Park on May 26. Investigators identified Murry as a suspect after Mandy Murry, who had been living at the Canfield home with her mother and stepfather, told them Roy Murry blamed the family for their separation.
A District Court judge is on the verge of being the first Spokane County judge rejected for re-election in nearly 25 years. After Wednesday’s counting of ballots, Judge Randy Brandt trailed his opponent, attorney Aimee Maurer, by 1,833 votes, up from 1,704 votes after the first count on Tuesday.
The most expensive race for judge in Washington this year pits incumbent Spokane County District Court Judge Randy Brandt against local attorney Aimee Maurer. Although incumbent judges usually fare well in re-election bids, Maurer has gathered a large following from diverse political persuasions. She also has built her campaign around the Blueprint for Reform, a report released earlier this year from the Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission that suggested the District Court was slow to change.