Monthly Archives: December 2005

Tracking the Lewd Caller

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

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

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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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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