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Man dies in accident involving an alleged drunk driver on I-5

According to the Washington State Patrol, two people were charged with DUI on Oct. 21 for causing a pair of accidents on the I-5 that claimed the life of a 46-year-old Yelm man. One of the charged men, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, may also be charged with vehicular homicide.

Report cites police excesses to produce drug arrests

A report issued by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union documents the social harm inflicted by criminal laws in Washington and around the country against drug possession and use. The study found that nationwide law enforcement arrested more people for possessing small amounts of marijuana than for a group of violent crimes combined. Incentives built into the criminal justice system create drug arrest quotas for police, and they often use illegal practices to arrest people.

How does the justice system treat juveniles with disabilities?

When the special education system fails minors they often end up incarcerated. Although youth with disabilities are underrepresented in the general population, they are much more likely to be sent to detention and incarceration facilities. At least one third of youthful offenders arrested have a disability. Some researchers argue that it is as high as 70 percent. These incarcerated minors have anything from emotional to learning disabilities.

Commodities and securities fraud

Most Washington residents will know that the operator of a Ponzi scheme uses the funds received from new investors to provide returns to those who have already put money into the venture, but there are several other forms of commodities and securities fraud. Global financial markets are now more integrated than ever and provide investors with opportunities that would have been unimaginable just a few decades ago, but this transformation has also made it easier for some individuals to commit fraud.

What happens when a prosecutor withholds evidence

For Seattle residents who are facing criminal charges, the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brady v. Maryland may be relevant. The Court held that if a prosecutor uncovers evidence that is favorable and material to the defendant, the prosecutor must reveal that information. This is true even if the evidence is not necessarily exculpatory. If it comes to light that a prosecutor has not done this, a new trial could result.

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