Charles Mudede

Earlier this week, the labor group Working Washington sent a letter to attorney general Bob Ferguson requesting that his office criminally charge Amazon for its decision to halt downtown construction pending the city council's head tax vote.

The proposed charge? "Intimidating a public servant," which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Their rationale? Amazon put roughly 7,000 jobs on the line to influence a major legislative decision that would have a minor financial impact on its business.

Ferguson was out of town when Working Washington publicized its letter, but his office said at the time that they don't pursue criminal cases unless the governor or a county prosecutor makes a request.

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Now, since the idea of filing felony charges against Amazon for their political ploy has attracted "significant public attention," his team did an analysis of Working Washington's case. Their conclusion? No crime here. Here's what Ferguson wrote:

After an initial assessment, we find there is no legal basis for invoking the "Intimidating a Public Servant" provision of the Washington criminal code in this instance, based on facts set forth in the letter, nor would the facts meet the burden of proof and test of culpability necessary to support a criminal prosecution.