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Tag Archives: Criminal Justice

Tim Eyman charged with misdemeanor theft; he says he didn’t mean to steal office chair

Excerpt: The disgraced initiative promoter has cooked up a pathetic, laughable excuse for his criminal conduct for last week.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman caught on video stealing a chair from the Office Depot in Lacey, Washington

Excerpt: The disgraced initiative promoter is under investigation for petty theft and pledges to "cooperate fully" following widespread media coverage of his crime.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Documentary Review: Crime + Punishment details fight against illegal policing quotas

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Crime + Punishment, an original Hulu documentary chronicling the efforts of whistleblower cops to stop illegal policing quotas.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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MAGABomber arrest: Law enforcement takes Trump admirer Cesar Sayoc Jr. into custody

Excerpt: The authorities have arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for the bombs mailed to prominent Democrats.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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VICTORY! Death penalty abolished in Washington by order of State Supreme Court

Excerpt: IT'S OVER. The death penalty has been ended in Washington State by court order! All death sentences have been converted to life imprisonment. Now it's time for the Legislature to change the RCWs and affirm we are a state that values justice.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI poll finds 69% of Washingtonians favor life in prison alternatives to the death penalty

Excerpt: An overwhelming majority of Washingtonians would rather send convicted murderers to prison for life than execute them, a recent poll commissioned by the Northwest Progressive Institute has found.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Documentary Review: LA 92 tells the story of the riots that tore apart the Southland

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of LA 92, a film by Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin that tells the story of the riots that tore apart the Southland using only archival footage.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Victory! House Judiciary Committee advances bill to abolish the death penalty (SB 6052)

Excerpt: Legislation to abolish the death penalty moved a step closer to Governor Jay Inslee's desk today when the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to advance Senate Bill 6052, prime sponsored by Republican Senator Maureen Walsh.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections
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Book Review: Bernie Sanders’ “Guide to Political Revolution” aims to be teen resource

Excerpt: Democ­rats still get into argu­ments about the mer­its (or lack there­of) of Hillary Clin­ton’s and Bernie Sanders’ can­di­da­cies for the 2016 Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. It’s why many of us on the left con­tin­ue, inex­orably, view­ing con­tem­po­rary events as a chance to re-lit­i­gate that con­test and who was right. To say that Bernie Sanders: Guide to […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Documentary Review: Ava DuVernay’s “13th” offers eye-opening look at mass incarceration

Excerpt: If you have yet to see Ava DuVer­nay’s Oscar-nom­i­nat­ed and Emmy-win­ning doc­u­men­tary “13th”, you should real­ly make plans to screen it as soon as pos­si­ble. This short com­men­tary will sure­ly not do it jus­tice. Kevin Gan­non, Pro­fes­sor of His­to­ry at Grand­view Uni­ver­si­ty, who is white, sums up the chal­lenge we as coun­try face today ear­ly […]
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Horrifying hate crime in Portland: Two Good Samaritans stabbed to death on a MAX train

Excerpt: Police say they have taken into custody a suspect who allegedly murdered two men who tried to stand up for two young women who were being verbally abused on a MAX train.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Detainees at NWDC immigration prison revive hunger strike in response to abuse

Excerpt: Today at noon, over one hun­dred peo­ple being detained in the West Coast’s largest immi­gra­tion prison in Taco­ma — the North­west Deten­tion Cen­ter  — launched a hunger strike in response to inhu­mane liv­ing con­di­tions at the prison. Detainees refus­ing their lunch­es cir­cu­lat­ed a let­ter of demand regard­ing vio­la­tions of what most Wash­ing­ton res­i­dents would con­sid­er […]
Written by:Kaylinne Shaffer
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Attorney General Bob Ferguson unveils bipartisan legislation to abolish executions

Excerpt: Flanked by for­mer Attor­ney Gen­er­al Rob McKen­na and Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee, cur­rent Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son today announced a major new effort to abol­ish the bar­bar­ic prac­tice of state-spon­sored exe­cu­tions in Wash­ing­ton, sup­port­ed by a bipar­ti­san group of leg­is­la­tors from each house. Declar­ing that it is the respon­si­bil­i­ty of lead­ers to lead, Fer­gu­son said the […]
Written by:Christian Cahua
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VICTORY! Delaware Supreme Court declares state’s death penalty law unconstitutional

Excerpt: A sig­nif­i­cant vic­to­ry for human rights has been won today: The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled the state’s death penal­ty law is uncon­sti­tu­tion­al – and the only chance at fix­ing it is to punt the issue to the already-divid­ed Gen­er­al Assem­bly. The top court released its rul­ing Tues­day that said Delaware’s cur­rent cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment statute vio­lates the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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