The investigation of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department continues to unfold. Over the summer, the News Tribune reported that the Pierce County Prosecutor was refusing to work with accused Pierce County Sheriff’s drug unit members who were recently placed on a “potential impeachment” list. Several members of the unit are being investigated for possibly violating…

In May, we shared a blog post about police bias and dishonesty. At the time, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Drug Unit was under investigation. As reported by the Tacoma News Tribune, the majority of officers assigned to the Drug Unit of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department had recently been reassigned so that an outside…

Five years ago, the Washington Post began to log every fatal shooting by an on-duty police officer in the US. Since the project began, the Post discovered that police have shot and killed approximately the same number of people – 1,000 – annually and that black Americans are killed at a much higher rate than…

On March 3, 2020, Manuel Ellis was contacted by Tacoma police after being observed attempting to open doors of occupied vehicles. According to reports, there was a struggle between Mr. Ellis and officers. Mr. Ellis was placed into handcuffs and detained. In a police radio recording of the incident, Mr. Ellis can be heard yelling,…

The staff and attorneys at Horwath Law are outraged by the horrendous actions of the Minneapolis Police Department this week. On Monday evening, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white police officer’s knee. Mr. Floyd pleaded with officers for several minutes, repeating over…

In all criminal cases, prosecutors are required to turn over any evidence that might help exonerate a defendant. This requirement exists because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Brady v. Maryland. Exculpatory evidence that falls under this category is referred to as “Brady” material. An example of this type of evidence would be…

The Tacoma News Tribune has reported that Officials in Pierce County are currently investigating how to implement social distancing during the many jury trials that take place in the County’s courtrooms. The State Supreme Court has postponed all jury trials until July as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maintaining social distancing when court resumes…

Marked as “ground zero” of the Coronavirus pandemic, nearly every Washingtonian has been impacted, to some degree, by the effects of this deadly virus. Amid this unprecedented time, if you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI, the added stress can be overwhelming and terrifying. If you are unsure about the best…

On Monday, Governor Jay Inslee and Department of Corrections Secretary Steven Sinclair announced that they would release almost 1000 inmates amid the Covid-19 pandemic. This unprecedented move is aimed at protecting the most vulnerable inmates within the prison population. The announcement comes after a lawsuit was filed to release inmates who have serious medical conditions,…

As COVID-19 concern sweeps the nation, especially in the national hot-spot of the virus here in Horwath Law’s home in the Pacific Northwest, many of us legal-minded people are considering the impacts COVID-19 will bring to our criminal justice system. We are seeing state-wide closures in most courts. The Washington Supreme Court just ordered that…

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