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Aug 22 Algernon commented on John Oliver Shows How Charter Schools Fail Kids.
An unelected board spending tax dollars? You mean like The Stranger's The Monorail?
Jun 17 Algernon commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Man Confronts Shoplifter With A Baseball Bat.
In addition to a harmful or offensive touching an assault in Washington is also intentionally placing someone in imminent fear of same (Washington mushed up assault and battery and calls them both assault). Assaulting someone with a bat is assault 2, a felony.

Shoplifters who shove a security guard/loss prevention officer are charged with robbery.
May 23 Algernon commented on Seattle Pot Couriers Face Criminal Charges, Potheads Have More Orgasms, and More Pot News.
If those delivery dudes were charged in municipal court they oughta plead guilty fast which will preclude Satterberg charging them with felonies.
Jan 15 Algernon commented on Delta 5 Trial Update: Jury Is Not Allowed to Consider "Necessity Defense" Testimony.
Indeed it is true that jurors can ignore instructions. That's jury nullification. That's how the murdering racists who killed Emmett Till were acquitted.
Jan 15 Algernon commented on One of the Most Important Climate Change Trials in the Country Is Happening in Lynnwood Right Now.
A guy blows up a Planned Parenthood center and raises the "necessity defense" because he maintains that abortion is murder. Should the jury get to decide if 1. abortion is murder and, if so, 2. that the guy was justified to stop murder? What kind of jury selection would that involve? Does the guy get to call "expert" witnesses to testify that a fetus is a human being?
Dec 11, 2015 Algernon commented on Donald Trump’s Lawyers and Jeb Bush’s Lawyers Might Eat Each Other.
Trump v. Bush is a frivolous lawsuit; Trump can't prove malice or falsehood. It will be promptly dismissed and a court might even impose sanctions but Trump doesn't care about the money.
Sep 19, 2015 Algernon commented on City Council Committee Moves to Abolish Youth Detention in Seattle.
So a kid is charged with robbery, a violent offense. A judge finds probable cause and, in the spirit of no detention, releases him. Next day another robbery. Judge releases him. Kid blows off his next court date. No detention? Really? What do we do? Juvenile detention in King County is down from 200 to an average of 50. The cliché that we'll always fill the beds is wrong.
Jul 8, 2015 Algernon commented on All of These Secret Seattle Beaches and Parks Belong to You—Use Them!.
Beach access isn't resolved. We're not Oregon where they all belong to the public, but there is an argument. See…
We need someone to get busted for trespass on a beach and then take it to the Supreme Court of Washington.
Jul 8, 2015 Algernon commented on Hey, Seattle Times: It's Not True that Being Naked in Public Is Illegal.
Approximately 30 years ago police officers arrested some lesbians who were sunbathing nude in the Arboretum for being naked. The officers did not allow the women to dress before they were marched to a patrol car and driven to the jail in the Public Safety Building at 3rd and Cherry.
Jul 6, 2015 Algernon commented on Bleaker Than Bleak House.
The first question is as dumb as this one: