Anti-Cop Superstar

A 23-year-old woman was acquitted last week on charges that she punched a Seattle police officer while trying to get into a Marilyn Manson concert.

The scuffle between Elizabeth Meagley and two Seattle police officers occurred outside Seattle Center's Mercer Arena on January 6. Meagley became irascible after concert security guards told her friend to relinquish a dangerous-looking, metal-studded belt. Police soon arrived to escort Meagley out.

Meagley told The Stranger she got angry when she was told to surrender her ticket. "I wasn't going to give it up," she says. "I clenched on to it super tight."

Meagley and the two cops soon fell into a heap on the ground over the coveted ticket. The cops say Meagley "flailed her shoulders and fell to the ground, [rolling] on her back kicking and swinging her arms." She also yelled profanities. "We gained control of her feet and [Meagley] punched [Officer Karen Pio] in the left cheek," the report reads. Meagley was charged with assault.

Justice, however, ultimately favored Meagley, who denied hitting the officer. Meagley's public defender was able to persuade a municipal court jury that the Manson fan actually suffered greater physical harm than Officer Pio did. PHIL CAMPBELL

Analyze Amazon

According to the May 25 Puget Sound Business Journal , Amazon shareholders are mad as hell. Apparently, shareholders are having trouble getting information about the company and its financial details. Gary Lutin, an investment banker for the New York Society of Security Analysts, told the Journal if Amazon doesn't answer to shareholders soon, his firm will file a lawsuit forcing Amazon to be more accountable. PAT KEARNEY

No Coffee Break for the Weary

Four female Salvation Army workers are suing their nonprofit employer in King County Superior Court. The women claim that in all the years they've been employed at the organization's Seattle home for domestic violence victims, they've never been allowed to exercise their legal right to take short breaks.

"We just want 15 minutes to sit on the porch and have a cup of coffee," says Lexor Green, a plaintiff and a six-year Salvation Army employee. "We shouldn't have to talk somebody out of suicide in those 15 minutes."

The women want to be compensated for all the years in which they've never been given a break (a financial figure has yet to be calculated). PHIL CAMPBELL