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Woman who gave birth in jail toilet sues Snohomish County

A Lake Stevens woman who gave birth in a jail toilet claims that Snohomish County jail staff — who knew she was pregnant — ignored her desperate pleas for help while she labored. In a federal lawsuit that settled out of court before trial, the woman accused jail staff of violating her constitutional rights by denying her medical care.
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Judge: Long jail waits for mentally ill must stop

A federal judge has ordered the State of Washington to stop unconstitutionally denying mentally ill jail inmates their right to timely evaluations and treatment to determine if they are competent to stand trial.

In her sharply worded ruling, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said the state’s Department of Social and Health Services has “demonstrated a consistent pattern of intentionally disregarding court orders … and [has] established a de facto policy of ignoring court orders which conflict with [its] internal policies.”

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Minister beaten by Seattle police during protest sues city

A Seattle minister who was bruised and bloodied by police during a December 2011 protest is suing the city, alleging he was wrongly arrested and unduly prosecuted. Read more »