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June 2017 Archives

Washington man damages police station in drunk driving chase

The police in Bremerton discovered a man passed out behind the wheel of a running vehicle parked in the entrance to the department's employee parking lot on June 22. A police lieutenant said the man immediately hit the gas when officers roused him. Attempting to escape, he smashed through a metal security gate.

NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor sentenced in DUI case

Football fans in Washington and around the country will likely remember Lawrence Taylor best for the way he dominated defenses in the 1980s and redefined the middle linebacker position, but they may also be aware that the NFL Hall of Famer has had more than his fair share of off-the-field problems. A New York judge ordered six years of probation after the former New York Giant admitted to sexual misconduct and using the services of a prostitute in 2011, and Taylor was sentenced to a further year of probation on June 19 after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge in Florida.

The Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination

Most Washington residents will have seen films or television shows in which criminal suspects assert their constitutional rights by 'taking the Fifth" when questioned by police officers or prosecutors. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, states that people cannot be compelled to provide testimony against themselves. Criminal suspects can invoke their Fifth Amendment rights at any time, and the protections provided apply while in police custody and in the courtroom.

The Sixth Amendment and the right to a speedy trial

The rights of criminal defendants in Washington state and around the country are protected by the U.S. Constitution, and the Sixth Amendment guarantees defendants the right to an attorney, the right to confront witnesses who testify against them and the right to a speedy trial before an impartial jury. The speedy trial provision of the amendment guarantees that criminal cases should be resolved within a reasonable amount of time, but what is and what is not a reasonable delay has been the subject of contentious legal debate.

Tiger Woods blames DUI arrest on prescription medicine

Although Tiger Woods has not competed since the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in early 2017, Seattle golf fans saw him hit the headlines again when law enforcement authorities in Florida arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. Woods released a public statement concerning the incident. He said that a mix of prescription medications caused his apparent intoxication.

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