Press Release
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to Seek Re-Election

Leader in police reform and criminal justice innovation looks to continue working for a just, livable city as Seattle addresses immediate challenges and ongoing turnover in City Hall  

SEATTLE – City Attorney Pete Holmes announced … Read More

The Seattle Times
Judge’s ruling lets state and Seattle eviction moratoriums stand while lawsuit proceeds

A federal judge has rejected an attempt by Seattle landlords to suspend a temporary ban on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The ruling means the city and state bans can stay in place while the legal fight plays out. Several landlords represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation sued in September, seeking an injunction to stop the moratoriums. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones denied the request Friday. … Read More

Seattle creates alternative program for domestic violence misdemeanors

In recent years, Washington state courts have started rethinking their approach to domestic violence cases. In Seattle, the municipal court is piloting an alternative to criminal prosecution. It provides more customized treatment for perpetrators, and incorporates the input of their victims. … Read More

The Seattle Times
Seattle archbishop is stonewalling push for more transparency of church sex-abuse cases, group contends

Their ranks include ex-federal prosecutors, a retired judge, a one-time assistant police chief, even a former priest. But a group of prominent Catholics say they still can’t get an audience with Seattle’s new archbishop in their push to address the fallout of a lingering scandal. Members of Heal Our Church, a Seattle-based alliance of practicing Catholics who seek a public review of how the Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide sexual abuse scandal secretly festered within the parishes of Western Washington, contend they’re being stonewalled by Archbishop Paul Etienne. … Read More

The Seattle Times
Seattle, Portland, NYC sue Trump administration over threat to cut funds to ‘anarchist’ cities

Seattle, Portland and New York City are suing the Trump administration over the president’s threats to withhold federal funds from so-called “anarchist jurisdictions.” The cities say the administration lacks the authority to unilaterally add conditions to congressionally appropriated funds. They also say U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s designation of the cities as anarchist last month, based on any factors he deemed appropriate, was arbitrary and capricious. … Read More