Ballard High student charged with on-campus rape

  Demonte Rigney was a stand-out football player for Ballard High School. On Tuesday, he was charged with sexually assaulting a female student during class last spring. “I was afraid, so I did everything he told me,” the alleged victim told KIRO 7 during a recent interview. As an alleged sexual assault victim, KIRO 7 has agreed not to reveal … Read More

Western State employee misconduct cases spark concern

Employee misconduct cases at Western State Hospital raise concerns about the psychiatric hospital’s culture and staff supervision. Author: Chris Ingalls Published: 1:00 PM PDT July 11, 2018 Updated: 6:25 AM PDT July 12, 2018 A KING 5 investigation reveals a rash of employee misconduct at Western State Hospital, the troubled state mental institution that evaluates and treats mentally ill criminal … Read More

Jury awards $25 million for negligence in Harborview stroke case

By Mike Baker   | The Seattle Times A jury in King County has issued a $25 million judgment for a woman who went to Harborview Medical Center’s Stroke Center for treatment but suffered a paralyzing turn for the worse during her stay. Doctors in Montana had sent Jerri Woodring-Thueson to Seattle in October 2013 to get care at the … Read More

Family claims University Place man died from police brutality

Keith Eldridge | KOMO News UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — The family of a University Place man who died shortly after being tased and arrested wants the officers to pay. But the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department doesn’t believe the officers caused the death. Both sides point to cellphone video taken of the arrest to show their points. As soon as neighbors … Read More

DSHS settles foster-care case for $2 million

The Seattle Times The state Department of Social and Health Services will pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by two women who claimed they suffered years of physical and sexual abuse as children in a foster home while DSHS looked the other way. The women, identified in court papers as A.K. and K.M., claimed they were abused beginning … Read More

Danger in the Wrestling Room – by Jack Connelly & Micah LeBank

Trial News DANGER IN THE WRESTLING ROOM – OR RATHER THE CAFETERIA Modern Assumption of Risk in Washington Coaches must allow a reasonable amount of space during team drills. A wrestler landing on other wrestlers during team drills can and should always be avoided. By: John R. (“Jack”) Connelly and Micah R. LeBank No one expects to send their child … Read More