Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Complexity of Complicity

RCW 9A.08.020 is Washington State’s complicity statute. Under RCW 9A.08.020 a person is “complicit” – and thus guilty of a crime – if he is an “accomplice” of a person that commits a crime. A person is an “accomplice” if, with knowledge that he is promoting or facilitating the commission of a crime, he aids… Continue Reading »

DUI Laws Stand to Get Tougher in Washington and Beyond

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – a non-profit organization that has for the past thirty years advocated for tougher DUI laws – is vigorously lobbying Congress for $60 million to develop a system that would prevent cars from starting if the driver of the vehicle is intoxicated. MADD is lobbying Congress to pass an amendment… Continue Reading »

The Law is the Law; Resist the Temptation to Resist

Resisting arrest in Washington State is generally considered to be an act that involves intentionally preventing a law enforcement officer from instigating an arrest, a search, or transport of a person by using force against a law enforcement officer. The actual “resistance” required to qualify for resisting arrest is an intentional act that prevents an… Continue Reading »

McKenna Elected

On Tuesday, November 2, 2010, City of Seattle Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ed McKenna (who was rated as “very good” by the Municipal League of King County, and “exceptionally well qualified” by the King County Bar Association) was elected to be a Seattle Municipal Court judge. Mr. McKenna resoundingly defeated incumbent Seattle Municipal Court Judge Edsonya… Continue Reading »