Grays Harbor County Policy of Putting Kids in Solitary Confinement

David Whedbee of MHB is cooperating as counsel with ACLU of Washington to challenge the unconstitutional use of solitary confinement on juveniles in Grays Harbor County. See the attached ACLU Press Release: Grays Harbor Solitary Confinement and an article written about the suit in The Daily World: http://www.thedailyworld.com/news/county-sued-over-allegations-of-solitary-confinement-at-juvenile-facility/.

 

City of Tacoma fined maximum penalty allowed for violating Public Records Act

MHB attorneys David Whedbee and Angela Galloway successfully challenged the city’s failure to produce public records related to the Tacoma Police Department’s controversial use of “Stingray” surveillance equipment. The court ordered the city to pay approximately $50,000 in penalties, and to reimburse attorney’s fees to MHB client Center for Open Policing. For more information, check out this article in The News Tribune. http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article136371963.html

 

MHB Assists Efforts To Keep Individuals From Being Deported

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Joe Shaeffer, Andrew Chan and David Whedbee from MacDonald, Hoague and Bayless assisted efforts to keep two men from being deported. The results gained the release of the two individuals who were detained at Sea-Tac Airport after an executive order that was signed by the president on Friday essentially closed the United States borders for immigrant travelers from selected countries.  The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project released this statement: “Two clients represented by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the ACLU of Washington and collaborating attorneys from MacDonald Hoague and Bayless and Pacifica Law Group have been released from the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at SeaTac airport.  One of the clients is an engineer originally from Sudan but now residing in the United Arab Emirates and was attending an engineering conference in the U.S.  The other individual who was detained by CBP is a Yemeni citizen who was born in Saudi Arabia and was coming to visit family here in the U.S.  Both clients expressed their gratitude for the support of so many Americans.  While in the custody of CBP, they were able to watch coverage of the protests at the airport and they both expressed gratitude for those expressions of solidarity.  We are grateful to the many political leaders who urged their release.”

For additional details, click on these links:

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/frantic-effort-at-sea-tac-to-stop-flight-allow-2-men-to-enter-us/

http://cornellsun.com/2017/01/29/cornell-alum-persuades-federal-judge-to-halt-deportation-of-two-men-at-seattle-airport/

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/how-the-protest-against-trumps-refugee-ban-at-sea-tac-unfolded/

http://www.thestranger.com/events/24828142/stand-with-immigrants-emergency-protest

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=804147259732390&id=156188051194984

http://www.aclu-wa.org/story/update-detained-travelers-sea-tac

For more details about the events that took place that day, check out the following link:

Stop that plane: The frantic race to halt a deportation