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August 2013 Archives

50th Annual Phil Biege Golf Tournament

The 50th Annual Phil Biege Golf Tournament was held July 26th at Riverbend Golf Course in Kent.  The tournament involves judges, lawyers, legal assistants and friends in south King County.  The men's low score was turned in by repeat champion John Curry.  The women's low score title went to Karla Jensen.  The Judge's Low Score champion was the Honorable Brian Gain of King County Superior Court.  The South King County Bar Association hosts the annual event and supplied the food, drinks, and awards.  A fun time was had by all, despite some golf scores that looked like temperature readings from Death Valley.  A huge thanks to the organizer of the event,  Greg Girard, SKCBA Board Member and partner at Hanis Irvine Prothero.

Pista sa Nayon

July 28, 2013 - Attorney Ian Purganan set up a booth last Sunday at Pista sa Nayon in Seward Park. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this event, here is a small excerpt of an article about the history of Pista sa Nayon, written by Cindy Cawaling:

Cases Involving Microscopic Hair Analysis Under Review

August, 7 2013 - In an unprecedented agreement between the Department of Justice and the FBI and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, more than 2000 criminal convictions based on microscopic hair analysis will be reviewed.  This historic review has already found 27 death penalty cases in which FBI forensic experts may have provided exaggerated scientific testimony regarding hair analysis.  Forensic DNA has proven that the "matches" declared between a suspect's hair and hairs found in a crime scene investigation were significantly overstated and, in many cases, flat-out wrong.  DOJ has agreed not to raise procedural objections, such as statute of limitations or appellate and procedural default, in response to petitions of defendants wrongfully convicted based upon exaggerated reports of matches in hair comparisons.  The 2009 National Academy of Sciences Report on forensic science found microscopic hair analysis "highly unreliable."  The report was also highly critical of bitemark analysis, toolmark and firearm analysis, fingerprint analysis, and other disciplines that rely solely upon the subjective eye of the analyst.

New Boating Under the Influence Law Increases Consequences

August 7, 2013 - No one likes drunk boaters.  On top of sometimes being very obnoxious, they are always a threat to the pleasure and safety of other boaters and their guests.  Too often we've heard of tragic accidents with serious injuries and fatalities cause by someone too intoxicated to be operating some fast-moving, two-ton watercraft.With all the people who own and operate boats in our local community, there is some very important news.  The State Legislature revisited the State's Boating Under the Influence (BUI) law, RCW 79A.60.040, and made some significant changes all boaters need to be aware of.  The changes go into effect on July 28th.  With lots of hot, sunny, good-boating weather to come, it is smart to be aware of these changes.