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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 »

Family of brutally slain woman sues for wrongful death

The family a young woman who died at the hands of an abusive ex-boyfriend, who had just served a prison sentence for assaulting and threatening to kill her, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit accusing the Washington State Department of Corrections of negligence and other failures.  Read more »