Post archive for ‘Prosecutor’s Editorials’

Prosecutors Desk 8-3-2014(Comments Off)

The media has widely reported the recent errors and problems in the execution of two convicted and sentenced men. I suspect this will bring about a new examination of the death penalty in the United States. Citizens of Washington have repeatedly voted to have the death penalty, but our courts have repeatedly struck down death [...]

Neighbor Against Neighbor Disputes(Comments Off)

In the past several weeks there have been several difficult neighbor against neighbor disputes that seem to be ramping up. Perhaps the rise in temperature as summer comes on makes the temper of people rise as well, but the Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputies have been called out to make repeated calls at several locations. The [...]

Death Penalty or Not(Comments Off)

The media has reported the recent errors and problems in the execution of a convicted man in Oklahoma.   I suspect this will bring about a new examination of the death penalty in the United States.   Twice in the past week, I was asked my views of the death penalty. I have been involved in death [...]

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) [...]