Legal News

New Campus Sexual Assault Law Widely Criticized

Last year New York State enacted one of the most aggressive pieces of anti-sexual assault legislation in the nation. The law aims to reduce instances of sexual assault on New York’s university campuses by requiring schools to “adopt a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines, including a uniform definition of affirmative consent, a statewide amnesty...
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Alcohol Distorts the Perception of Consent to Sex

Most sexual assault allegations arise from encounters between acquaintances. Rape by a stranger is particularly disquieting, and thus ideal for television and movie depiction, but it is rare. It is often my job as an attorney defending persons accused of sexual assault to unpack what went wrong in a very private affair. A sexual encounter...
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Assault in the Fourth Degree No Longer Disqualifies Individuals from Firearms Possession

Due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2013, Descamps v. United States, a Washington State conviction for Assault in the Fourth Degree no longer disqualifies individuals from possessing firearms. A federal statute, Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 922(g)(9), prohibits individuals convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing firearms....
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Washington State Should Require Police to Record

Since recently relocating from Massachusetts to Seattle I have found learning the laws and procedures of a different jurisdiction fascinating. I’ve come across some practices used in King County, and elsewhere in the state, that I can’t believe aren’t followed back in my former home. However, one thing I will miss is watching and listening...
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