Come mid-August, Kitsap County will have a new lawyer to
oversee public defense in Kitsap County.
And while we’ve announced the county’s hiring of Clarke Tibbits for
the post, I wanted to learn a little more about this North
Central Washington lawyer that will bring his expertise westward
starting in August. Here’s a brief interview with him.
His position is the
result of a growing amount of state grant money to “enhance”
indigent defense in counties around the state. Kitsap County Clerk Dave
Peterson chose to hire a top public defender after reading a
consultant’s report on how Kitsap should best spend the money.
Unfortunately, the county’s first choice to lead the post didn’t
work out. And enter Mr. Tibbits.
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The light drizzle came down on many parts of Kitsap this
morning was likely met with the sighs of locals. “Mother
Nature,” some likely wondered, “can you not spare our precious
post-Fourth of July heat wave even for two days?”
there may be more rain later in the week, too.
And so in anticipation for such summer precipitation, let me
give you some reasons why a little drizzle is not worth
Aside from the obvious plus of summer rain — keeping our forests
from burning up — it appears such showers can deter crime.
seems, goes a long way in cooling heads. The summer heat can
actually move people to commit horrible crimes, according
to a recent New York Times story. ” … The prime time for murder
is clear: summertime,” the story said. “Indeed, it is close to a
constant, one hammered home painfully from June to September across
I can think of one big reason homicides — indeed, all violent
crimes — would decrease with the rain. People are more likely to
stay inside, and thus, avoid confrontations with strangers.
What do you make of the Times’ theory? Does our rain help bring
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