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  • Rough Justice
  • Rough Justice

    How an Idaho cop's "false testimony" helped send a man away for murder
  • McRuined Field?
  • McRuined Field?

    A park riles up the Lake City. Plus, animal torture and juvenile sex offenders.
      A decision to add park improvements doesn’t usually tear apart a community. But for the last six months, changes to McEuen Field — a major waterfront park near Coeur d’Alene’s City Hall — have been the subject of contention.
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  • A Rare Pardon
  • A Rare Pardon

    Starcia Ague’s journey from a “juvy life” sentence to a career with a full pardon.
      Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire is indeed conservative with her powers of clemency, but last week she granted a full pardon to Starcia Ague, who was one of four young offenders we featured last year in an Injustice Project cover story called “Kid Crime, Adult Time” (9/9/10).
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  • Kid Crime, Kid Time
  • Kid Crime, Kid Time

    A bill in Olympia could make the juvenile system more fair.
      A bill in the Washington Legislature that seeks to abolish the practice of automatically sending certain teenage criminals into adult court has garnered impressive support as it passed out of committe
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  • Boozehounds and Taco Stands
  • Boozehounds and Taco Stands

    Marr gets a job, racists hate Mexican food and a detective gets exonerated.
      The former Democratic state senator from Spokane, a casualty of the November elections, became the newest member of Washington’s Liquor Control Board on Tuesday. His first task is to analyze the failure of the liquor privatization initiatives that were on November’s ballot.
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  • A Year of Justice
  • A Year of Justice

    Five stories examining our justice system
      Good journalism informs the community about what’s going on and acts as a watchdog for the public interest. That doesn’t mean only pursuing critical, “negative” stories, but it
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  • A Timeline of Police Shootings

      Oct. 31, 2009 | Two Seattle police officers shot, one fatally; suspected shooter shot and wounded According to The Seattle Times, Seattle police officers Timothy Brenton and Britt Sweeney were am
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  • 'Neither Consistent nor Inconsistent'
  • 'Neither Consistent nor Inconsistent'

    Mary Verner keeps a tight grip on police records while trying to win concessions from the Guild.
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  • In Progress
  • In Progress

    Prosecutor Steve Tucker again raises concerns about the juvenile justice system; plus, a city attorney is accused of violating civil rights.
      “Juvenile [justice] has been a success in this state,” McBride says. “I am worried that this year you’ll see an acceleration of the desire to close state facilities to save money. We can’t duplicate the intensive programming and [drug] treatment in a custodial setting,” at the county level.
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  • Of Pardons and Police
  • Of Pardons and Police

    Starcia Ague takes another step away from her troubled youth; plus, the Spokane Police Guild claims unfair labor practices
      Starcia Ague, who was among the juvenile offenders written about in the last week’s cover story (“Kid Crime, Adult Time”) took another step away from a troubled past last week when the state Clemency and Pardons Board voted unanimously to accept her petition for a pardon.
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  • Kid Crime, Adult Time
  • Kid Crime, Adult Time

    How "tough on crime" laws are failing our children.
      Layton is a tough, streetwise 16-year-old who already has 20 tattoos and a handful of felonies. He was driving with some buddies and a girlfriend. They were all plenty buzzed, he says, cruising in a warm car on a dank February night. It was a good time. Layton, even months later, can’t explain what happened next.
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  • Between Rocky and a Hard Place
  • Between Rocky and a Hard Place

    A city attorney with a tough-guy reputation tries to strong-arm a lawyer into staying away from City Council members.
      The letter said that Beggs — who had helped craft the legislation over the previous few weeks at the request of some council members — had spoken to the city’s elected officials “without my knowledge or prior permission.
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  • Let the Sun Shine In
  • Let the Sun Shine In

    The problem is the legal decision to keep the public’s business secret.
      The Spokane Police Department is stuck in a ditch of bad public relations. A series of high-profile cases from Otto Zehm to Shonto Pete has the Spokane taxpaying public wondering how widespread the pr
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  • Breaking Blue Silence
  • Breaking Blue Silence

    The mayor will review the city's records policy, but a councilman is skeptical.
      The city of Spokane’s public records policy hasn’t been reviewed since Mayor Mary Verner took office. That, she says, is about to change.“It’s time for us to take a look at thi
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