Trial Ordered In Police SWAT Team Killing Of Unarmed Man

A federal judge has ordered a trial of the civil rights claims brought by the family of Leonard Thomas, an African American man killed by a SWAT team at his home in Fife, Washington, in 2013. The Thomas family is represented by MHB lawyers Tim Ford, David Whedbee and Tiffany Cartwright.  The trial is set to begin June 19, in federal court in Seattle. Below are links that provide more details.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/trial-begins-in-swat-sniper-killing-of-unarmed-black-man-in-fife/

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/racial-bias-video-wont-be-shown-to-jury-weighing-police-shooting-of-black-man-in-fife/

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/family-military-tactics-by-cops-led-to-killing/

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/judge-jury-should-decide-whether-police-were-overzealous-in-fatal-shooting-of-fife-man/

http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/article154926244.html

 

EVIDENCE OF RACE DISCRIMINATION IN WASHINGTON DEATH PENALTY CASES SUBMITTED TO THE STATE SUPREME COURT

On February 12, the day after Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a moratorium on executions due in part to inequality in imposition of the death penalty in the state, a comprehensive study showing significant disparities in death sentencing based on the race of the defendant was submitted to the state Supreme Court in support of a rehearing petition filed on behalf of MH&B client Jonathan Gentry.  Continue reading

CLARK COUNTY AGREES TO PAY $10.5 MILLION TO TWO WRONGFULLY CONVICTED MEN

On Friday, September 27, 2013 Clark County agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle a Federal Constitutional claim brought by two men who were wrongfully convicted of a 1993 rape.  In addition the County stipulated to an additional $24 million judgment ($12 million each) and assigned its rights against County insurers.  The settlement came after nine days of trial in Federal Court in Tacoma, in a case involving claims that went back twenty-years. Continue reading

Social Justice Film Festival

On the heels of David Whedbee and Tim Ford’s wrongful incarceration settlement for Alan Northrop, we are proud to announce that David was chosen to speak with the Innocence Project, at a screening of CENTRAL PARK FIVE. The film is a Ken Burns documentary that came last year about the exoneration of the five black and Latin boys who were wrongfully incarcerated in the 1989 Central Park jogger case.