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Sep 19 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 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 https://digital.law.washington.edu/dspac…
We need someone to get busted for trespass on a beach and then take it to the Supreme Court of Washington.
Jul 8 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 Algernon commented on Bleaker Than Bleak House.
The first question is as dumb as this one: https://youtu.be/8qSTvD0Roog
Jul 6 Algernon commented on Bleaker Than Bleak House.
The first questions is as dumb as this one: https://youtu.be/8qSTvD0Roog

May 14 Algernon commented on The Morning News: Shell's Arctic Drilling Rig Arrives in Seattle Today, Uber Crashes, Lawmakers Give Themselves a Raise.
Juries in Washington don't "recommend" the penalty in capital cases; they decide it. SLOG should avoid quoting cutlines in the Seattle Times.
Mar 2 Algernon commented on Republican State Senator: Poor, "Colored" People Are More Likely to Commit Crimes.
Washington drug laws never differentiated between crack and powder cocaine.
Feb 17 Algernon commented on New Chop Suey Owners Face Pressure to Change Venue Name.
The "Management Team" of Einstein's Bagels doesn't, at least by their names, sound Jewish. The business uses fake Yiddish, e.g., schmeer. Sic, Einstein's is offensive to Jews? We demand that Einstein's change it's name to Smith's.
Feb 8 Algernon commented on If a Black Man Kills a White Cop, Can He Ever Get a Fair Death-Penalty Trial?.
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The King County Superior Court is collecting information to determine whether changes to the jury system have improved response rates and/or changed the demographics of the jury pool. Your participation is voluntary and anonymous. See the reverse for more information.
Date of Service: ______________________
1. GENDER: [ ] Male [ ] Female
2. RACE (Check one or more)
[ ] White
[ ] Korean

[ ] African-American or Black:
[ ] Vietnamese

[ ] American Indian or Alaskan Native
[ ] Other Asian

[ ] Asian Indian
[ ] Guamanian or Chamorro

[ ] Chinese
[ ] Samoan

[ ] Filipino
[ ] Other Pacific Islander

[ ] Japanese
[ ] Other (please specify below)
3. ETHNICITY (based on U.S. Census Bureau definitions)
Are you Spanish/Hispanic/Latino?
[ ] No, not Spanish/Hispanic/Latino
[ ] Yes, Mexican, Mexican American
[ ] Yes, Puerto Rican
[ ] Yes, Cuban
[ ] Yes, another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
(One Survey per juror please)

Not many years ago jurors were summoned from voter registration rolls only. In an effort to diversify the jury panels to better reflect the population the state included drivers’ licenses and state identification cards. In order to determine if other modifications should be attempted we are asking potential jurors to fill out this voluntary questionnaire to help establish a base line. The questionnaire is identical to the United States Census Bureau 2010 form that all households in the U.S. were asked to submit.

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