Mar 4, 2015 jwlsesq commented on Eastern Washington Medical Marijuana Growers Acquitted on Four of Five Federal Charges.
And how much exactly did this prosecution cost?
Sep 18, 2014 jwlsesq commented on It’s Time to Think About Your Demise.
I am having a green burial. It involves a cedar handmade casket with a cotton mat inside and rope handles. You are buried in a certified green cemetery (Greenacres - Ferndale, WA) and your body and the casket naturally returns to the earth. Your headstone is an engraved river rock and you can choose a flowering type plant to be placed on top. There are no pesticides or herbicides used in the area so lots of little wildlife and very calm and peaceful.
Sep 4, 2014 jwlsesq commented on Seattle Cop Defends Killer of Michael Brown, Accuses Obama of Racism.
@22 just off the top of my head I think you would have to first show that it was relevant to the case. If he is just testifying to lifting fingerprints at a scene or arresting a burglar I don't see why a judge would allow it. However, if the case involved excessive force, a type of hostile arrest, a contentious interview then I would try and get it in for impeachment purposes. It would depend on a lot of factors but social media is used against our clients all the time. It's only a matter of time before it's used against officers. If this was a client charged with assaulting an officer who had an anti-cop tirade like this you can bet a prosecutor would use it to bolster their case. IMO.
Sep 4, 2014 jwlsesq commented on Seattle Cop Defends Killer of Michael Brown, Accuses Obama of Racism.
As a criminal defense attorney I am seething at this idiot's comments. This guy not only needs a time out he needs a psych eval to determine whether or not he is fit for duty at this point based on the obvious anger management issues he has. Going into any situation with this mindset has already escalated the situation before the encounter ever begins. He is nothing but a bully with a badge and a walking liability.
Jun 20, 2014 jwlsesq commented on On a Recently Unearthed Audio Tape, Hillary Clinton Brags About Defending an Alleged Child Rapist.
As a criminal defense attorney who defends what society considers the worst of the worst and sees what human beings can actually do to one another we have to find levity in our jobs in some way. While our sense of humor usually comes across as vile, disgusting and should not be said outside of a handful of colleagues it is quite common and a part of the culture. Prosecutors do it too. So do police officers and anyone who works in this profession. With that said, you need to be aware of your surroundings before spouting off.
Mar 27, 2014 jwlsesq commented on Food Banks in Mudslide Area Need Your Help.
I just went to the Snohomish County United Way donation page and it was super easy - the automatic default for donations was for the mudslide
Feb 11, 2014 jwlsesq commented on Governor Inslee Suspends the Death Penalty in Washington State.
As a criminal defense attorney who has defended clients in death penalty cases and watched first hand at how the system works the death penalty needs to be banned. For a myriad of reasons which I am sure everyone has heard argued or pitched in one form or another my simple basic premise has been economics. Place a person in prison for the rest of their life (supermax if you would like as @15 said) and then take the tens of millions of dollars you saved and put the money back into basic education at the lowest levels - head start, school lunch programs, K-5. Invest in the kids while those that killed are never allowed back into society again. Study the killers if you like - see what made them kill (nature? nurture? a combination?) but fund those programs that have been woefully cut in the name of justice.
Feb 11, 2014 jwlsesq commented on Governor Inslee Suspends the Death Penalty in Washington State.
Finally, some sanity in today's insane world...
Feb 10, 2014 jwlsesq commented on Terry Hosted and Impromptu Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood This Weekend.
Donating and putting that it was on Lisa's behalf put a little smile on my face!
Jan 21, 2014 jwlsesq commented on "I Need Some Pretty Things".
The cherry trees when they are in bloom at UW - and while looking up at them seeing the incredible architecture that is all around you (the gargoyles looking down at you always make me smile).