Sometimes, when you are in a bad situation or are just plain unhappy with your life, it can take very little to push you over the edge and cause you to lash out in a way you later regret. During these particularly tough economic times, it is easy to see how the loss of a job, an unexpected expense or simply the culmination of weeks and months of financial stress and hardship could be the final straw that causes many people to act in rash and drastic ways.
A King County Superior Court jury has cleared five Seattle police officers in the shooting death of a criminal suspect more than three years ago. The officers likely will suffer no additional consequences in connection with the incident.
One of the most frustrating aspects of a DUI arrest or conviction is the likelihood that the offense will follow and affect you for many years, if not the remainder of your life. Unfortunately, many people look down on a drunk driving conviction, regardless of the circumstances surrounding it, causing people with a DUI conviction on their record to be passed over for jobs, volunteer positions and other opportunities for which they are more than qualified.
It's hard for some people to imagine what it would be like to steal from someone 0- is it the thrill of breaking the law and possibly getting away with it? Or, does it give a person a sense of power over someone else? There is probably no definitive answer, but usually in the end, the person eventually gets caught. This week, the man known as the River Rat robber was sentenced to 27 years in prison for a string of robberies in Washington.
In King County and all over Washington, law enforcement agencies and courts are strapped for cash. In the face of funding shortages, these offices have had to significantly cut down their workforces and slash their budgets. As a result, prosecutors and court officials are more willing to offer plea deals to offenders who are facing drunk driving and similar low-level offenses.
Washington police officers and prosecutors have come under fire for their handlings of the accidental shootings of children, with area residents questioning the length of time it takes law enforcement agencies to announce the crimes and file criminal charges against the officers and others involved. Now, many are asking the question: are police officers getting preferential treatment after these incidents?
Being a high school teacher can be a frustrating job. Not only must you deal with low pay and politics, but also the unruly and rude students that fill so many high school classrooms. Because it is impossible for most teachers to completely turn off their tempers when they enter their classrooms, it is understandable that they will, at times, lash out at disrespectful students.
In Washington and essentially every other state in the U.S., ignition interlock devices are becoming an increasingly popular way to punish and deter drunk driving. Now, Washington and 14 other states require mandatory installation of ignition interlocks following a defendant's first DUI conviction, and other states are likely not very far behind in passing this prohibitive, costly law.
The Supreme Court of the United States has authorized law enforcement officials to conduct strip searches of any person who is arrested for any crime, even a minor offense, before admitting them to a jail facility. Previously, the laws in many parts of the country only permitted strip searches if jail officials suspected that the inmate was smuggling weapons, drugs or other contraband.