Public Defender’s Office to Help Mitigate Unintended Impacts of Low Level Crimes

Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31802 Monday to insert civil “collateral consequence” attorneys into the King County Department of Public Defense (KC DPD) in an effort to inform people charged with crimes about the unintended consequences of conviction. via South Seattle Emerald

In Seattle, domestic workers don’t have the same protections as others—but that could change

Domestic workers, some members of Working Washington, SEIU 775, or Casa Latina, set up tiny house displays outside City Hall made from gloves and diapers. Photo by Kelsey Hamlin In a study of 174 Seattle-area caretakers, house cleaners, and gardeners, local labor rights organization Working Washington found that local domestic workers are presented with similar struggles toContinue reading “In Seattle, domestic workers don’t have the same protections as others—but that could change”

King County Ensures Legal Representation During Inquest Process

The King County Council unanimously passed a proposal Monday ensuring public defenders are made available to the families of people killed in officer-involved shootings during the inquest process. via South Seattle Emerald

Families of those shot by police speak out for I-940

Supporters hope Initiative 940 will change Washington state policy so fatal police shootings happen less often and so there’s more accountability when they occur. Gathering on a few Seattle City Hall steps Friday, a crowd representing 33 different families impacted by police killings gathered in support of I-940 in the hopes of preventing future deaths. The Puget SoundContinue reading “Families of those shot by police speak out for I-940”

Despite activist wins, 12th Ave youth jail construction is full speed ahead

After a legal victory by activist group Ending the Prison Industrial Complex against the funding calculation of King County’s Children and Family Justice Center, construction at the 12th Ave project is still fully underway. “There’s what we think should be happening and then there’s what appears to be happening and they’re not the same,” said EPIC’s attorney Knoll Lowney.

UW student settles for $100,000 with SPD

In 2012, UW student David Pontecorvo was capturing video on his cellphone as Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers arrived for a noise complaint. During their dispatch, the officers decided to beat the then-19-year-old Pontecorvo with batons, flashlights, and fists. In October, his case settled in court for $100,000. Pontecorvo’s litigation filed against SPD, the CityContinue reading “UW student settles for $100,000 with SPD”

UW Board of Regents violates open public meetings act

A King County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the UW Board of Regents violated the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) on 24 separate occasions over almost three years. The board undermined the OPMA by holding dinner meetings at former President Michael Young’s house, in which the meetings were neither open nor public, according toContinue reading “UW Board of Regents violates open public meetings act”