Accountability – Front and Center

By now, we all know the issues surrounding police and their use of force. It has been a hot topic for many, many months. Today, a SB 5066 is before the Washington State Legislature (“WSL”). If enacted, SB 5066 would compel fellow officers to step-in and intervene if they witness excessive force being used by… Continue Reading »

All the Rage

As the pandemic rages on in King County, so too do some types of crimes. Case in point – Car-jackings. They are up 40% in King County. Unfortunately, with this type of crime, violence is often involved. For example – last Saturday, shots were fired during an attempted carjacking and on Tuesday a man in… Continue Reading »

To Release or Not – a Judge’s Dilemma

Recently, a King County Court Judge released a suspect who allegedly admitted to being responsible for vandalizing a Starbucks coffee shop on President Biden’s inauguration night. The man allegedly admitted that he smashed windows and entered the Starbucks so as to earn the trust of the others in his group. The King County Prosecutor’s Office… Continue Reading »

Sticks and Stones?

Are hate crimes on the rise in King County? In 2020, the King County Prosecutor’s Office filed 56 hate crime cases. That was 17 more than 2019 and 26 more than 2018. And – unfortunately – it didn’t take long for 2021’s first hate crime to be filed in the county. On Wednesday, the King… Continue Reading »

Records, Records, Records

Many times over the past several years people have asked SQ Attorneys how they can access their King County court records. The answer is that the Court Clerk is the custodian of records for King County Superior and King County District Courts. The clerk is ultimately responsible for maintaining the records indefinitely, some records even… Continue Reading »

Tailored Warnings in our Future?

Washington DC could be on to something that Washington (and other states/ cities) may soon emulate – sending serious, and tailored, warning notices to bad drivers on their cell phones. DC is working on a program which identifies drivers with a history of traffic violations – speeding tickets, red-light violations etc. – and alerting them… Continue Reading »

Bellevue’s Swing and Sting

  As in years past, the Bellevue Police Department (the “BPD“) recently elected to ‘swing for the fences‘ and crack down on the ever burgeoning sex industry within its borders. Last week – on December 16th and 17th – the BPD conducted a two-night undercover operation that netted; (1) fourteen men for patronizing a prostitute,… Continue Reading »

SMC’s VirtualPalooza has Arrived

Although Seattle Municipal Court was one of the last courts in Western Washington to go virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has taken the lead in essentially eliminating in-person hearings on all criminal and civil infraction matters moving forward. That is a big shift in how SMC does business in less than a month. Most… Continue Reading »

Trials by Jury Suspended – For Now

On December 4, 2020 amid increasing positive test numbers for Covid-19, Judge Fair, the presiding judge for Snohomish County District Courts, extended the suspension of all jury trials until at least January 8, 2021. This was done via the issuance of Administrative Order 20-14, inclusive of attachments A and B, which can be found here… Continue Reading »

But Will it be Retroactive?

Last April the United States Supreme Court ruled that state court juries must be unanimous to convict a defendant of a serious crime. That sage ruling opened the door for the next logical question: Is the ruling retroactive? In other words, does it apply to those defendants already convicted? If so, thousands of convictions will… Continue Reading »

10.0Gregory Wayne Schwesinger
10.0Saad Qamer Qadri