Post archive for ‘Prosecutor’s Editorials’

Dog Killing(Comments Off)

Not long ago, I received a call from a resident of our county regarding the fact that someone had shot his dog. The dog was a female Husky that he had with him while he was out cutting wood. The dog had wandered a little ways away while he was busy with cutting and gathering [...]

Prosecutors Desk 11-3-13(Comments Off)

After a trial, it is common for attorneys and sometimes the judge, to meet with jurors who want to ask questions about the trial they have just been through.  It is a learning experience for the attorneys and jurors. Often the questions are about things they were not told during the trial, such as whether [...]

Announce: Veterans Support Program(Comments Off)

The Stevens County Prosecutor’s Office is happy to announce the development of a program of handling the prosecution of veterans who commit criminal law violations in ways that make allowances for the problems some veterans have making adjustments to civilian life. Through discussions with former Commissioner Fred Arnow and Judge Vance Peterson of Spokane, we [...]

Wrongful Conviction Reimbursement(Comments Off)

The recent passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1341, which became effective July 28, 2013, places Washington among just a few states who have instituted a policy of reimbursement to persons who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes who are later vindicated. It has been reported widely in the media of some instances where persons [...]

Prison Reform in Washington?(Comments Off)

Not long ago, the Justice Department of the Federal Government called for widespread prison reform at the federal level.  This is partly the result of the dramatic increase of prisoners in federal facilities with very long drug related sentences.  This has gained some attention in the media and leads some persons to automatically assume Washington [...]

Media Questions(Comments Off)

Persons from the media frequently ask me questions regarding the status of ongoing cases. I usually try to answer questions, but sometimes questions are asked which I am not allowed to answer. This is because there are restrictions on what the prosecutor may say about pending cases. The public has a right to be informed, [...]

Wolf Recovery – Too Much?(Comments Off)

Last week the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife put in place an emergency rule that allows livestock and animal owners in eastern Washington to kill a wolf that is attacking their animals. Without the emergency rule, animal owners had to obtain a “caught in the act” permit from the WDFW before lethally removing (killing) [...]

Another case involving a predator(Comments Off)

A case involving a predator and a citizen protecting his property and family occurred in Bonner County, Idaho some time ago. The case involves three bears (at least one was a grizzly) that came into a man’s yard when his children were outside playing. The grizzly was reportedly climbing into a livestock pen when the [...]

HIPAA and Senate Bill 5305(Comments Off)

It was recently reported in the media that a missing Oregon man was in a local hospital for two days while friends and police looked for him. He was a diabetic and had been reported missing by friends who could not locate the elderly gentleman. Authorities contacted local hospitals while looking for him and apparently [...]

Being more effective with juveniles(1)

In an article written by Andrew Price, “Saying sorry better than Prison,” he writes that a new way to deal with young offenders has been started in Northern Ireland. They have been experimenting with something they call the “Youth Conference.” Instead of sending kids who commit assault, theft, or “motoring offences” to a juvenile prison, [...]