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February 2013 Archives

Federal grand jury indicts man for alleged hijacker hoax

People in Spokane and others elsewhere can be punished for committing certain crimes such as murder, assault or theft. However, even people who falsely report crimes can face serious penalties.

Washington lawmakers considering bill to compensate those who are wrongfully convicted

A Washington man was convicted of rape in 1993. After spending close to two decades behind bars, his conviction was overturned in 2010 after DNA evidence proved he was innocent. Despite being a free man, he faced many challenges when he left prison.

Insanity defense pursued in Washington murder case

In order to successfully pursue an insanity defense, it must be proven that an individual did not know right from wrong at the time a crime was committed. Generally, a person who is found not guilty by reason of insanity is placed in a mental hospital for treatment.