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Coronavirus and the Aging Prison Population

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last summer, we examined the issue of aging behind bars in Washington prisons. According to the Washington Department of Corrections, there were over 17 thousand inmates in our state at that time, and 18% of them were over the age of 50. The number of older inmates behind bars has risen in recent...

Law Enforcement During a Pandemic

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The novel coronavirus is hitting the United States particularly hard. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the U.S. may possibly become the next epicenter of the viral outbreak. The greater Seattle area was the focus of the initial outbreak in our country, but the rate at which the...

Criminal Jury Trials Suspended Across the State

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Nearly two weeks ago, authorities in both King and Snohomish counties have suspended all criminal jury trials for a period of time, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in our local area. Now the rest of the state has followed suit, with jury trials for criminal matters suspended. Superior Co...

COVID19 Behind Bars

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

As the world continues to focus on the global pandemic of COVID19, many of us feel uncertain about what the next few days and weeks might look like. There is a general sense that "life as we know it" will not return to normal for a significant period of time. There are many groups deserving of ou...

Seattle Officer Fired Due to Allegations of Abuse and Bias

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Office of Police Accountability has announced that an officer has been fired after facing allegations of domestic abuse, recreational drug use, and a pattern of using slurs related to race, sexual identity, and gender.  The complaint submitted to the organization included instances during wh...

Rift Over LEAD Program Threatened Its Future

Posted by Steve Karimi | Feb 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last month, in one of our blogs, we discussed how Seattle has often been seen as an example of how a city should target issues behind criminal behavior. One of the more popular programs in Seattle that has been successful in stemming the number of repeat offenders of low-level crime has been the ...

Can Your Case Be Challenged Under the Fourth Amendment?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Feb 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last week we discussed the Fourth Amendment and some scenarios during which it may come into play during an encounter with the police. To recap, the Fourth Amendment grants us certain safeguards when we are stopped and/or searched by law enforcement, and also prevents unlawfully seized items from...

More Police Using Ring Doorbells to Catch Thieves

Posted by Steve Karimi | Feb 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Smart technology has reached the home security market. It used to be that only wealthy people could afford to install a home security system that monitored doors and windows, but now there are simpler and cheaper options available to homeowners that lets them monitor their homes from their smartp...

Protections Under the Fourth Amendment

Posted by Steve Karimi | Feb 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution is one that comes into play quite often in the criminal justice system. The Fourth Amendment grants us certain safeguards when we are stopped and/or searched by law enforcement, and also prevents unlawfully seized items from being used agains...

Shoplifting in Seattle

Posted by Steve Karimi | Feb 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

An investigation has revealed that crime bosses may be taking advantage of Washington's lax laws regarding theft to recruit vulnerable persons into doing their crimes for them. These crime bosses realize that oftentimes, shoplifters are rarely actually prosecuted, so they can almost guarantee to ...

Public Pressuring Lawmakers on Shooting Response

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jan 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last week, a shooting in downtown Seattle left many concerned about general safety downtown and elsewhere in the city. A disagreement erupted near McDonald's and multiple men exchanged gunfire, shooting into a crowd that included many tourists and commuters. At the time of this writing, two of th...

Will Shooting Result in Legislative Changes?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jan 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

A deadly shooting that took place in downtown Seattle last week may cause politicians to push for harsher laws during the upcoming legislative session. One woman was killed and seven others were injured when a shooting occurred outside the McDonald's at Third and Pine Street. At the time of this ...

Mystery Surrounds Seattle Pot Shop “Robbery”

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

A local pot shop in downtown Seattle is no stranger to being robbed. Ruckus Recreational on E. Republican Avenue and 15th Street in the Capitol Hill area has been open since 2015 and has seen its share of smash-and-grab break-ins. In October 2018, the store was robbed by an armed man wearing gard...

Federal Way Elderly Woman Charged with Murder & Assault

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

An 85-year-old woman has been charged with premeditated murder and first-degree assault after she shot her roommates—two sisters who had recently moved in with her. The shootings happened a week before Christmas in Federal Way. Unusual Rental Arrangement The accused shooter, Beverly Jenne, had ...

Kentucky's Outgoing Governor Sparks Outrage Over Pardons

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made some waves during his final days before leaving office. Bevin, who just barely lost his bid for re-election in November 2019, pardoned over 400 convictions on his way out, upsetting many Kentuckians—even some who had supported him as governor. Even Kentuck...

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