Breathalyzers deemed unreliable by NYT, Trump sued for defamation, and other headlines


E. Jean Carroll, the Elle journalist and columnist who accused Donald Trump of raping her decades ago, is suing him for defamation, arguing that he damaged her reputation and career when he denied her allegation in June.


Breaking ranks
An associate of Rudolph Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer who was involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden, has opened a dialogue with congressional impeachment investigators. His lawyers signaled that he is willing to comply with subpoenas for records and testimony. (New York Times)

Unreliable evidence
Breathalyzer machines, which are used by police and prosecutors as objective measures of alcohol consumption in drunk driving cases, are frequently unreliable, a New York Times investigation has found. Judges in two states have thrown out over 30,000 breath tests in the past year alone due to their inaccuracy. (New York Times)

Inmate care
A new report from the Washington Office of Corrections Ombuds — the agency's new watchdog — states that officials should improve health care and food quality in state prisons, as well as provide better re-entry programming. The finding comes after inmate food strikes and seven inmate deaths at Monroe Correctional Complex. (Seattle Times)

Permanent damage
Tyler Reece Rambo, a 19-year-old who was shot multiple times by Coeur d'Alene Police last July and subsequently lost both his legs, is seeking $9 million in damages from the city, claiming that officials failed to adequately train or supervise the officers who shot him. (Spokesman-Review)

Racist deeds
A Spokane homeowner is appealing a court ruling that Spokane County doesn't have the authority to remove racist and discriminatory provisions of home deeds or titles — even if the measures are currently illegal. (Spokesman-Review)

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Josh Kelety

As a staff writer, Josh covers criminal justice issues and Spokane County government. Previously, he worked as a reporter for Seattle Weekly. Josh grew up in Port Townsend and graduated from the University of Washington. Message him through Signal @ (360) 301-3490.