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…

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…

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…

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…

With the rise of social media, children as young as grade school age are often seen with a Facebook, a cell phone, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. They often have free reign to text or communicate with whoever they want. When hormones are raging, these teens and children find ways to release those emotions and seek attention….

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution reads that: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be…

If you’ve ever watched Law and Order or another crime television drama, you’ve seen countless trials. Exciting things happen like lawyers yelling “I object” or witnesses getting angry and being hauled out of the courtroom. Sure, the TV dramas capture your attention, but what actually happens at trial in a Municipal, District, or Superior Court…

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a 22-year-old woman, Michelle Carter, who repeatedly encouraged her boyfriend to commit suicide in 2014. She has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. 18-year-old Conrad Roy III was found dead in his car in a K-Mart parking lot after using a pump to fill the…

Our nation is suffering from an opioid epidemic. In 2018, opioid overdoses caused 20% of the total fatalities among young American adults (defined as people ages 18-25). Researchers found that between 2001 and 2016, the number of opioid related deaths in the United States more than quadrupled. Our nation is at a loss over how…

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