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Archive for December, 2005

Tracking the Lewd Caller

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Last Friday evening, someone called the Fred Meyer in East Bremerton posing as a Seattle radio station who was giving away a $200 Barbie Doll.

To redeem the doll, all employees of the store had to do was hand the phone off to a girl in the toy section.

When they obliged and gave the phone to a 12-year-old Poulsbo girl, the man began describing sexual acts. She disconnected the phone when she realized what was happening.

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Park Dietz: Expert Witness

Friday, December 16th, 2005

His firm has been called upon to help celebrities deal with obsessive fans; to aid FBI investigators in tracking serial killers; to help large corporations diffuse that potential disgruntled worker who just might bring a gun to work.

Now Kitsap County prosecutors are hoping Park Dietz, perhaps the most notable forensic psychiatrist in the nation, can help them by engaging in another of his specialties: unraveling the insanity defense.

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Judging Andress

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

Does an assault that ends in death constitute second-degree murder?

In 2002, the Washington Supreme Court, by a 5-4 margin, decided the answer was no.

The court eliminated what prosecutors felt was one of the most well established laws in the books — the second-degree “felony” murder charge. Basically, if a person commits a robbery, rape or any felony, and they unintentionally kill another during the crime, they can be charged with murder and receive a stronger sentence.

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Hookahs and the Smoking Ban

Friday, December 9th, 2005

The realities imposed by one of the most regulatory smoking bans in the country are now being felt by Washingtonians.

How businesses will react to the ban is yet to be seen. Some proprietors’ entire livelihoods depend entirely upon smoking patrons. Take, for example, the illustrious hookah bar.

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Welcome

Friday, December 9th, 2005

If you find yourself glued to the Kitsap Sun for all things criminal justice related — from reading about a drug bust in Code 911 to following a controversial murder case — then you’ve come to the right blog.

We’ve created this forum for you, to be a place where you can weigh in on any number of topics stemming from one of the cornerstones of our society: the law.

As the public safety and courthouse reporter here at the Kitsap Sun, I see the law in action on a daily basis. As such, I’ve learned that few things are as controversial. Be it an argument between a resident and the police officer who pulled him over or a courtroom debate over the use of the insanity defense, everyone has an opinion — one they’re usually fierce in defending.

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