Recently, a recall petition against Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan was found largely defective by a King County judge. But the judge allowed one narrow charge to proceed, and the mayor promptly appealed to Washington’s Supreme Court. We believe the remaining recall charge is legally and factually defective, and no one should be surprised if the state’s high court throws it out and lets Durkan get back to doing her job.
At this point, the designation of these three cities as “anarchist jurisdictions” is “just a political stunt, it doesn’t actually have legal force,” said Lisa Manheim, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law. Should the administration attempt to actually pull funding from the cities, she added, “under current law, it’s not possible for the federal government to do this.”
Perhaps the most secretive firm to emerge from Silicon Valley, Palantir Technologies is set for a stock market debut this month, which may shed light on the firm specializing in law enforcement and national security. Ryan Calo, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
In this segment of "KIRO Nights," Mike Lewis interviews Elizabeth Porter, associate professor of law at the UW, about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He also interviews Clark Lombardi, professor of law at the UW, about sedition laws and the Justice Department's interest in charging protesters. [Lombardi's interview begins at 1:05, and Porter's interview begins at 20:20.]
When Jack Sorensen asked Ali Schultz for her hand in marriage, they booked their big day at the 162-acre Saltwater Farms in Friday Harbor. But now the couple is lawyering up. Not for a pre-nup, but to deal with their venue. Jane Winn, professor of law at the UW, is interviewed.
The safety driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber that struck and killed a woman in 2018 has been charged with a crime. Prosecutors in Maricopa County, Arizona, Tuesday said the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, has been indicted for criminal negligence. But Uber, her employer and the company that built the automated system involved in the fatal collision, won’t face charges. Ryan Calo, associate professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
William Gates Sr., the father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and a towering figure in civic life as well as local and global philanthropy, has died at 94, the family said Tuesday. He died Monday at his beach home on Hood Canal from Alzheimer’s disease. Mario Barnes, dean of the UW School of Law, and UW President Ana Mari Cauce are quoted. His service on the UW Board of Regents is mentioned.
The coalitions King County Equity Now and Decriminalize Seattle — consisting of organizations led by Black, Indigenous and people of color, and individuals ranging from data analysts to community builders and lawyers — have unified under the same mission: to improve conditions on the ground for marginalized communities. Angélica Cházaro, assistant professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Attempts to use apps for contact tracing in the U.S. have largely fallen flat so far. Each state has had to decide whether to issue an app at all, and then what kind of system to use. States that have created apps have struggled to get people to download them at all. But Apple is hoping it might change things. Ryan Calo, associate professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
From location-tracking apps to health-monitoring devices, surveillance technology and data collection are being used to protect us from the coronavirus. History has repeatedly shown that once a new form of surveillance technology has been deployed, it’s often repurposed for wildly different purposes. Ryan Calo, associate professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
There have been both unofficial and official recall petitions started for a number of Seattle City Council members. But the process to recall an elected official is often challenging and time-consuming. Hugh Spitzer, professor of law at the UW, is interviewed.
Hugh Spitzer, a law professor at the University of Washington, said a recall isn’t easy to pull off in Washington by design. There needs to be "an allegation backed by facts that the elected official’s broken the law," Spitzer said.
Alphabet’s DeepMind pioneered reinforcement learning, and a California company used it to create an algorithm that defeated an F-16 pilot in a simulation. Ryan Calo, associate professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
“We need to have law enforcement who don’t have a history of misconduct if we’re going to hand them a gun with bullets that are paid for by state dollars,” Williams said. “You’ve got to be perfect. You just have to be.”
The FBI, Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service are investigating hundreds of bitcoin transactions that funded Syria-based terrorist organizations posing as charity groups associated with al-Qaeda. A civil action was filed August 14. The named defendants are 155 bitcoin accounts. Maureen Howard, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
“We can’t make an argument that we absolutely need a police department when we actually have two other campuses that don’t have a police department,” panelist and assistant professor of law Angélica Cházaro said.
Would you entrust a personal-injury claim, divorce settlement or high-stakes contract to an algorithm? A growing number of apps and digital services are betting you will, attracting millions of Silicon Valley investment dollars but raising questions about the limits and ethics of technology in the legal sphere. Ryan Calo, associate professor of law at the UW, is quoted.