Juveniles In Washington Can Now Sext and Not Get Prosecuted

Back in August, I blogged about the injustice of a juvenile receiving a criminal conviction for sexting (see “Sexting Teen Convicted Dealing In Child Pornography”). The Washington Supreme Court invited our legislature to fix this injustice. The legislature appeared willing to do so (see “Washington Considers Changes”).  Substitute House Bill 1742 (SHB 1742) describes the Read More…

Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome Expert Witness Testimony Went Too Far, Defendant Awarded New Trial

I rarely discuss out of state appellate decisions, unless the issues involved could be influential in the State of Washington. An appellate case out of California, People v. Cody Julian, is a recent example. It involves an area of psychology called Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome. What is Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome? Child Sexual Read More…

Seattle Massage Parlor Sting Focuses on Owners Not Johns

On February 28, 2019 in Seattle’s Chinatown, police raided 11 different massage parlors. Hordes of “customers” were not arrested, but five owners of the various “businesses” were. The lead detective, Seattle Sgt. Tom Umporowicz, stated at the conclusion of the raids, “from the beginning, the focus of the investigation was on targeting the people responsible Read More…