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Seattle’s tough-on-buyers approach to sex trade clears legal hurdle
Seattle’s tough-on-buyers approach to sex trade clears legal hurdle
Posted on November 28, 2017

November 27, 2017 / Lynsi Burton, Seattle PI

“Seattle City Prosecutor Pete Holmes and his office scored a victory in his approach to cracking down on prostitution demand Monday after a judge upheld its decision to stop offering diversions to first-time offenders.”

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/crime/article/Seattle-s-tough-on-johns-approach-to-the-sex-12387413.php#photo-14239271

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Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes cruises to reelection over Scott Lindsay
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes cruises to reelection over Scott Lindsay
Posted on November 10, 2017

November 7, 2017 / Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times

“Incumbent Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes secured a crushing victory over challenger Scott Lindsay, scoring nearly 73 percent of the roughly 98,000 votes counted Tuesday night.

Holmes, 61, has been in office eight years, first beating former City Attorney Tom Carr in 2009 and running unopposed in 2013. Lindsay, 39, is the former public-safety adviser to former Mayor Ed Murray.

“I’m very happy for such a decisive vote … I think I had a great record to talk about,” Holmes said. “It …

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Happy Election Day!!!
Happy Election Day!!!
Posted on November 07, 2017

Celebrate Election Night with Pete at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio (2227 5th Ave) from 7-9pm!

Please RSVP on Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/153567328712031/

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#Hashtag #BallotGuide Part 2 – Seattle
#Hashtag #BallotGuide Part 2 – Seattle
Posted on November 02, 2017

October 31, 2017 / #Hashtag

Seattle City Attorney

Pete Holmes has had a pretty awesome career as city attorney.  Holmes ran for office in 2009 against noted buzzkill Tom Carr, pledging to stop criminal prosecutions for marijuana possession and opposing the construction of a new jail in the city.

Since then, Holmes has helped create a gun surrender program that has removed guns from the hands of domestic abusers and successfully defended the constitutionality of Seattle’s gun tax.

He’s managed to piss off the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild, an organization that holds some pretty wild …

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Experience, outside legal costs at heart of race for Seattle City Attorney
Experience, outside legal costs at heart of race for Seattle City Attorney
Posted on October 26, 2017

October 26, 2017 / Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times

“Holmes recalled a case from earlier this year: A 19-year-old African-American man with no criminal history was pulled over by a police officer at 1 a.m. for driving without his headlights. The officer thought he smelled pot, so obtained a warrant to draw the man’s blood, which came back with 1 nanogram of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, per milliliter of blood.

The legal limit for drivers is 5 nanograms per milliliter, but it’s illegal for …

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The C is for Crank General Election Endorsements
The C is for Crank General Election Endorsements
Posted on October 24, 2017

October 23, 2017 / Erica C. Barnett

The C Is for Crank General Election Endorsements

“City attorney Pete Holmes has a long record of fighting for progressive causes. He defended protections for hotel workers against a lawsuit by their employers; ended the widespread practice of prosecuting drivers who lost their licenses (and often their cars and livelihoods) because they couldn’t pay their traffic fines; and reduced sentencing for minor crimes to protect undocumented immigrants from unjust deportation. He has also been deeply involved in the city’s efforts to counteract …

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Seattle’s sanctuary city lawsuit moves forward
Seattle’s sanctuary city lawsuit moves forward
Posted on October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017 / Sarah Anne Lloyd, Curbed

“The lawsuit was pursued by the Seattle city attorney’s office. City attorney Pete Holmes said in a statement that the city is “committed to rebuffing the Trump administration’s unconstitutional efforts to coerce us into supporting its divisive and un-American, anti-immigrant policies.”

 

https://seattle.curbed.com/2017/10/19/16505608/seattle-portland-sanctuary-city-lawsuit

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The Stranger’s 2017 Election Cheat Sheet!
The Stranger’s 2017 Election Cheat Sheet!
Posted on October 17, 2017

The Stranger’s quick list of general election endorsements: 

For a complete list of The Stranger’s endorsements: https://www.thestranger.com/endorsements-cheat-sheet/2017/10/11/25460129/2017-election-cheat-sheet

 

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Outside counsel costs, case outcomes at heart of city attorney’s race
Outside counsel costs, case outcomes at heart of city attorney’s race
Posted on October 17, 2017

October 16, 2017 / Joe Veyera, Queen Anne & Magnolia News

“Ultimately the incumbent believes the city law department is functioning better than ever, and praised a newfound efficiency that came with the consolidation of the office in one location (the Columbia Center) after being scattered across six floors of three separate buildings. That has made the civil side of the department more primed that ever to defend the city and initiate lawsuits to advance city goals, with Holmes noting the suit against Monsanto on PCB …

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Honored to receive the Contribution to Oversight Award!
Honored to receive the Contribution to Oversight Award!
Posted on October 05, 2017

Last week in Spokane, I received the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement’s Contribution to Oversight Award just after delivering the keynote address.

NACOLE is a national non-profit dedicated to improving oversight of police officers in the U.S. and fair and professional law enforcement that is responsive to community needs. It is an honor to be recognized by this innovative group for my longtime commitment to police reform in Seattle.

As a founding member of the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB), police accountability …

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City of Seattle joins lawsuit vs. drug-injection site opponents
City of Seattle joins lawsuit vs. drug-injection site opponents
Posted on October 02, 2017

October 2, 2017 / Stephen Cohen, SeattlePI

“City Attorney Pete Holmes filed a motion to join the lawsuit against I-27 on Sept. 22, calling the suit “the next logical step in turning away from relying on the criminal justice system to solve public health problems.”

In its suit, Protect Public Health argued that public health policies are to be made administratively, not through legislation, per state law. The suit seeks to have I-27 barred from coming to a vote, which was expected in February.”

 

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/City-joins-lawsuit-opposing-drug-injection-site-12247231.php

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Inside Politics: Battle for City Attorney
Inside Politics: Battle for City Attorney
Posted on September 30, 2017

September 30, 2017 / Natalie Brand, King 5

“Topics covered:

Cost overrun in city budget unveiled this week
Debate over donations received in the race
View of biggest responsibility and top priorities of the job
View of leadership and role of city attorney in policymaking at city level”

http://www.king5.com/news/politics/inside-politics-battle-for-seattle-city-attorney/479718489

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