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Pete Holmes weighs in on Trump administration response to City’s drug policies
Pete Holmes weighs in on Trump administration response to City’s drug policies
Posted on November 30, 2016

Holmes describes [recently nominated Attorney General Jeff] Sessions as a “do the crime, serve the time” type of prosecutor, and says “I’ve not had a high degree of regard for him. … Candidate Trump himself said we’re going to return to ‘Law and Order.’ I’m not sure if he knows what that means, but that has a long history which is ‘lock ‘em up.’ There’s not a lot of patience for nuance or stopping and reflecting.”

Read more by visiting Crosscut’s original article.

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City asks federal judge to step into Seattle police labor dispute tied to reforms
City asks federal judge to step into Seattle police labor dispute tied to reforms
Posted on November 30, 2016

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has asked the federal judge overseeing court-ordered police reforms to step into a labor dispute with the Police Department’s management union, saying the conflict could have a “material effect” on the timing of proposed accountability measures.

In a request filed Tuesday evening, the city asked U.S. District Judge James Robart to hold a hearing to clarify the impact of an unfair-labor-practice complaint filed Oct. 20 by the Seattle Police Management Association (SPMA), which represents 74 captains and lieutenants.

If Robart agrees to …

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One Man’s Fight to Free His Son from America’s Incarceration Addiction
One Man’s Fight to Free His Son from America’s Incarceration Addiction
Posted on November 22, 2016

Despite [the best efforts of father Bill Austin], it appeared that Nathan would soon be the property of Colorado’s Department of Corrections. Unless a miracle happened.

That miracle arrived in the form of an odd coupling of a maverick City Attorney from Seattle who once instructed his subordinates to not prosecute marijuana smokers prior to legalization, and a straight-laced Assistant District Attorney in one of Colorado’s most conservative bastions.

“Bill is the persistent widow,” Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says from his Columbia Tower office on a recent …

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Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes endorses I-873 Anti Police Brutality Initiative
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes endorses I-873 Anti Police Brutality Initiative
Posted on September 16, 2016

In his second term as Seattle City Attorney,  Pete Holmes already had a history of police review and advocacy.  Pete Holmes review of police started with his appointment in 2002 by City Council as an original member of SPD’s first civilian oversight body, the OPA – Office of Professional Accountability Review Board and served as the departments chair from 2003 to 2008. In his first actions as City Attorney in 2010 Pete dismissed all pending marijuana possession cases and the following year became a primary sponsor of Initiative 502 which …

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Seattle Police Reform Work Moves Forward
Seattle Police Reform Work Moves Forward
Posted on August 16, 2016

A Federal Judge said Monday that substantial progress has been made within the Seattle police department. It was more than four years ago, that the department was accused of unconstitutional policing. Back then the Justice Department said SPD engaged in a pattern or practice of using unnecessary or excessive force.

City Attorney Pete Holmes said out of 9,300 crisis incidents this year, 149 had reportable use of force and most of it was low level force. Holmes says that is a big improvement. He credits the …

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Pete Holmes sues Monsanto over chemical discharge cleanup costs
Pete Holmes sues Monsanto over chemical discharge cleanup costs
Posted on February 29, 2016

Facing hundreds of millions of dollars in lawsuits, the giant biotechnology company Monsanto last year received a legislative gift from the House of Representatives, a one-paragraph addition to a sweeping chemical safety bill that could help shield it from legal liability for a toxic chemical only it made.

“Call me a dreamer, but I wish for a Congress that would help cities with their homeless crises instead of protecting multinational corporations that poison our environment,” said Pete Holmes, the city attorney for Seattle, one of six cities …

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“Evergreen” documentary set to World Premiere at SIFF
“Evergreen” documentary set to World Premiere at SIFF
Posted on May 06, 2013

I-502’s road to legalization (and Pete’s role in the campaign) is documented in the upcoming SIFF World Premiere of “Evergreen”.

“Travel guru Rick Steves joins ACLU lawyer Alison Holcomb, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, former U.S. Attorney John McKay and an unlikely alliance of politicians in pushing support for I-502 forward. Medical marijuana activist Steve Sarich and local defense attorney Doug Hiatt are the leading voices of the movement opposing I-502.”

Check out the SIFF website for more details

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Photos from the campaign kickoff
Photos from the campaign kickoff
Posted on April 05, 2013

Have a look at some of the great photos from the campaign kickoff on March 21st!

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Pete’s Birthday and Campaign Kickoff – March 21st, 2013 at O’Asian
Pete’s Birthday and Campaign Kickoff – March 21st, 2013 at O’Asian
Posted on February 26, 2013

Please join us in celebrating Pete’s Birthday and Campaign Kickoff

March 21, 2013 * 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. (appetizers start at 5:15)

O’Asian Restaurant
800 5th Avenue – validated parking in building
Garage entrance off Columbia between 5th and 6th

Suggested Minimum Contribution $25 web domain list

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Trailer for “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington” online
Trailer for “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington” online
Posted on February 12, 2013

Seattle filmakers Riley Morton and Nils Cowan are in the midst of post-production for their movie “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington”. In their words:

Travel guru Rick Steves joins ACLU lawyer Alison Holcomb, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, former U.S. Attorney John McKay and an unlikely alliance of politicians in pushing support for I-502 forward. Medical marijuana activist Steve Sarich and local defense attorney Doug Hiatt are the leading voices of the movement opposing I-502.

An intense political campaign season is …

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Pete Holmes Named One of Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People in Seattle 2012
Pete Holmes Named One of Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People in Seattle 2012
Posted on January 30, 2013

You can’t accuse lawyer to the city Peter Holmes of playing it safe. In his first term, the Seattle city attorney pushed to legalize marijuana, writing a pro op-ed in The Seattle Times and ending simple pot prosecutions in the city; brought a lawsuit against an anti-tunnel measure, in direct opposition to Mayor Mike McGinn; and strongly backed the Department of Justice on police reforms, another in-your-face stance against the mayor.

Read More by visiting Seattle Magazine’s original article

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Pete Holmes Named One of Seattle PI’s Most Intriguing People of 2012
Pete Holmes Named One of Seattle PI’s Most Intriguing People of 2012
Posted on January 30, 2013

Holmes is a latecomer to politics.  After a quarter-century in private practice, he challenged — and walloped — incumbent Tom Carr in 2009. The issue was disclosure of police records. The Seattle Police Officers Guild was strong for Carr. Holmes has been in harm’s way ever since. He announced that marijuana possession charges, by themselves, would no longer be prosecuted. He championed Initiative 502, which legalizes, taxes and regulates the growing of pot in Washington. He urged cooperation with the Justice Department on police accountability, …

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