Saturday, March 12, 2011

"Prosecutor: No grand jury in John T. Williams case" (with video)

Casey McNerthney (, with video (17:33):
A citizen grand jury will not be convened to consider criminal charges against the former police officer who killed John T. Williams, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced Friday.

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes also did not request Satterberg take action despite a letter from attorneys representing Williams' family.

However, Holmes said he's concerned about the breadth and vagueness of the lawful use of the state's deadly-force statute and wants further public debate before the next legislative session.

"I believe that the statute should be amended, for example, to add a 'reasonable belief' requirement or perhaps to remove the 'malice' element altogether -- keeping in mind that a prosecutor would still have to prove the objective unreasonable of a police officer's actions beyond a reasonable doubt in any manslaughter case." MORE...
Howie P.S.: Eerie soundtrack to the video: the officer was listening to sports talk radio in his patrol car.

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