On May 5, Seattle Center hosted a Yu-Gi-Oh card game regional tournament which over 400 people attended in the hopes of being able to qualify for the 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh world championships. Players lined up outside the venue starting approximately an hour before the tournament was set to start, with the line being so long that it caused the event to start nearly an hour later than planned. After waiting another half hour the judges posted the lists of players who were facing off in the first round and all at once every player in the room stood up and shuffled around the event center in a chaotic mess, followed by the sound of hundreds of cards being shuffled simultaneously. Over the next seven hours, players fought in eight three game series against their opponents for a spot in the top bracket of players where they receive “Worlds Points,” which are used to gain an invitation to the world championships, free packs of cards from the latest set released, and a World Championship play mat.
Aside from some dramatic scenes such as players frantically scouting the event floor looking for lost decks and belongings, the event went as expected. Seven of the top eight players had decks which almost everyone expected to have won, the only real surprise came with the first place player who was using a deck called “Zefra” which is an archetype that hasn’t been taken seriously in over a year and never saw mainstream success within the Yu-Gi-Oh community until now.
A few players had less than good luck with regards to their plan for the tournament, one of the people who I attended the event with, Derek Chu, planned on topping the event but after an unfortunate start he ended up only winning three out of eight games and ultimately did the worst in our group. When asked about his experience during the tournament, Chu stated that “The heart of the cards just wasn’t on my side and the hands I drew were just bricks.” Bricking refers to the event where a Yu-Gi-Oh player draws their initial hand to play with and none of the cards in it can be used to make good plays. Similarly, in another tournament Bailey Myers, a former Bellevue College student, barely missed out on entering the top bracket of players attributing his loss to the fact that “Well my opponents are just better players because they drew better cards than I did.”
There is no confirmed date for the next regional qualifier in Seattle. However, the Yu-Gi-Oh World Championship 2018 is set to take place in Japan between Aug. 4 to 5, and the 200th Yu-Gi-Oh Championship series is taking place between Sept. 22 and 23 with locations including Columbus, Ohio, Mexico City, Mexico and Utrecht, Netherlands.
HARRAH, OK – A father has been accused of shooting his teenage daughter’s two dogs to death as punishment for her not doing the dishes.
According to reports, 35-year-old Jeffrey Don Edwards got mad at his 17-year-old daughter Tuesday night because she had not washed the dishes or cleaned the house.
After Edwards began throwing dishes, the teen called her mother and asked to be picked up. When the teen returned to Edwards’ home the next day she found blood all over the house.
She would also realize her two dogs, Jessica Dawn and Duck, were missing. When she asked her uncle about the blood and her missing dogs, he told her that her dad shot her dogs to punish her.
Investigators would follow tire tracks that led from the house into the woods and found the bodies of the two dogs about 100 yards from the home.
Edwards was arrested that night and charged with animal cruelty. He was released on Thursday after posting $10,000 bail. He has denied shooting the dogs, claiming he was at work at the time.
However, Edwards is going to have a tough time explaining why two clerks at a convenience store said he stopped in and told them “his house was dirty and he lost his temper then shot the dogs without remorse.”
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A collection of tiny houses is under construction to become Whittier Heights Village in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, May 7, 2018. The village is scheduled to open May 31. (Photo by Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut)
A tiny, new community is taking shape within Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood with the aim of helping homeless women return to sheltered living.
Tucked between a bank’s parking lot and a four-story apartment complex off 15th Avenue Northwest, a nondescript fenced-off lot will soon be home to 16 “tiny houses,” capable of temporarily sheltering up to 20 women at a time.
The homes in what’s called Whittier Heights Village, north of 80th Street, are part of a growing trend in Seattle of using 100-square-foot structures to provide housing, security and stability to unsheltered people.
This tiny house village — funded through public and private donations — will be the eighth of its kind in Seattle but the first that will serve exclusively one gender.
“It’s a need in the community. There’s a lot of homeless women. Some of them feel more comfortable in a single-sex environment,” said Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, an affordable housing developer that manages the city’s tiny house villages.
Lee said the village will welcome women who are mothers or are pregnant, seniors, veterans and same-sex female couples.
Whittier Heights Village should be completed by the end of this month, Lee said. Some of the first residents are already lined up.
Not only is the new tiny house community for women, it’s being built predominantly by women, too. Weekend work parties have drawn dozens of female volunteers skilled in trades — carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters and more, Lee said.
With an estimated 11,600 people homeless in King County and no sign of the problem abating, the tiny house trend is just one tool among many to gradually help people return to permanent housing. “The idea is to get people in a safe environment, so they’re no longer living in a tent or in a sleeping bag on the street,” Lee said.
Residents of the tiny house villages use them more as a temporary solution. They have a safe place to live while they work with an on-site social worker or case manager to receive needed services and eventually move into long-term or permanent housing.
Lee said it’s “so cost-effective” given Seattle’s shortage of affordable housing, and she said Seattle’s tiny house villages are a “proven model” that’s being replicated in other parts of Washington state and as far away as Denver, Colorado.
National advocacy groups dedicated to ending homeless say it’s hard to gauge how prevalent tiny home villages are nationwide. But, they say, there’s certainly a lot of talk about using them, and villages are popping up in some communities, particularly on the West Coast. “It’s a good alternative to unsheltered homelessness and also has the effect of connecting people with permanent housing; that’s fantastic,” said Tristia Bauman, senior attorney for the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.
What is a ‘tiny house’ for the homeless?
The tiny houses being built by the Low Income Housing Institute to serve Seattle’s homeless population aren’t the trendy, fancy, full-fledged homes you’ll see on HGTV or other TV shows.
These 8 feet-by-12 feet structures have enough room for a bed and some storage to house a small family of two or three people. Larger families can be split between two houses placed side by side.
The ones being constructed for Whittier Heights Village cost $2,500 each to build and are paid for through public and private donations. Each house is insulated with heat, electricity and a lockable door. Common areas provide a full kitchen and bathroom facilities, which are shared among village residents.
But one of the biggest knocks against the concept is its limited scale.
“While they’re good, they barely scratch the surface,” Bauman said.
Steve Berg, vice president of programs and policy for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, agreed: “A community with 50 tiny houses set up in the context of a place like Seattle where there are thousands [of homeless], it’s not going to have much impact unless people can come in and use that little bit of stability to jump to the next step — to an apartment or something else through rapid re-housing or subsidized housing.”
“Thirty days [for each resident to live in a tiny house] are really what communities are setting as their goal,” he continued. “Then you can help 12 people a year for every bed; it just multiplies the effect. If you don’t turn them over at all, you’re just going to help one person [a year for every bed].”
About 1,000 people are served over the course of a year by the 250 tiny homes that the Low Income Housing Institute oversees in Seattle, Lee said.
Berg and Bauman also noted the villages tend to be more effective when embraced by surrounding communities. But the concept of tiny homes for the homeless hasn’t come without controversy or criticism.
When Seattle gave its endorsement in recent years of “sanctioned encampments” such as these tiny house villages, some neighborhoods — including some residents in Ballard previously — rose up in protest, not wanting an authorized gathering of homeless people near their homes.
But Lee says the public reception to tiny house villages “has gotten much better.”
“It’s something that’s captured people’s interest because when you think about a neighborhood, people respond so much more positively to neighbors living in tiny houses than neighbors living in tents,” she said. “When people say ‘we don’t want you in our neighborhood,’ we say, go visit one of the villages. We have people visit and talk to the residents and meet them and see how secure they are.”
Seven of Seattle’s eight villages, including Whittier Heights, are on city-owned property, Lee said, which triggers a requirement for a “community advisory committee” of various local stakeholders who oversee the village. The villages are secure, with a gatehouse and a sign-in requirement for guests. Residents take turns with chores, like litter pick-up and kitchen duty.
Lee said: “It’s an organized village; people who are here feel secure.”
KISSIMMEE, FL – A man is facing attempted murder charges after he admitted to trying to set several sex offenders on fire at a Florida motel.
According to police, 50-year-old Jorge Porto-Sierra arrived at the Friendly Village Inn with a plan to light up one of the rooms where four men were staying — two of which are registered sex offenders.
Witnesses said Porto-Sierra rammed the men’s car and poured gas on it while making several threats.
“I’m going to kill you, child molester,” he was reportedly screaming while throwing gasoline on the door of the men’s room. He also broke out the front window and poured gas into the men’s room.
When police arrived, Porto-Sierra had not set the gasoline on fire and he was taken into custody.
Asked why he didn’t carry out his plan, Porto-Sierra simply replied: “You got here too soon.”
Porto-Sierra was arrested and has been charged with four counts of attempted premeditated murder. He’s currently being held at the Osceola County Jail without bond.
If he were to go to trial and I was on the jury, I’d let him go with time served and make him pay for damages to the motel — but only if he is related to a victim of one the sex offenders.
Otherwise, I’d have to throw out emotional distress or temporary insanity and treat him like any other idiot who put innocent lives in danger.
While I do enjoy the justified vigilante stories we have reported on over the years (like this one and this one), I am not a fan of vigilantism as an accepted practice.
The average American can’t point out foreign countries on a globe or operate a motor vehicle correctly — and I’m supposed to be comfortable with them playing judge, jury, and executioner? lol! Yeah, no.
ATLANTA, GA – A mother has pleaded guilty to pimping out her two daughters – ages 5 and 6 – to men in exchange for cash and drugs.
Last April, the two girls were living with temporary legal guardians after their mother, 25-year-old Morgan Summerlin, was placed in jail.
The girls told the adults that their mother would routinely take them to men who would sexually assault and rape them.
One of the men they called “Pop,” later identified as 78-year-old Richard Office, was the man who gave Summerlin drugs.
The girls said Office touched their private parts and “humped” the 5-year-old girl, causing her to bleed from her vaginal area.
In another incident, they said their mother waited in the living room of Office’s home while Office tongue-kissed both girls in his bedroom and raped the younger sister while the older sister rubbed his feet.
When he was finished he gave the girls one-hundred dollars that was immediately taken from them by their mother.
The girls said their mom also brought them to to the home of Alfredo Trejo, who also raped and molested the girls. Trejo also paid the girls for their services and, as usual, that money went right into their pimp’s mother’s pocket.
Richard “Pops” Office
On Friday, Summerlin entered a guilty plea for rape and trafficking a person for sexual servitude, cruelty to children and enticing a child for indecent purposes. She will be sentenced on June 4th.
“It is difficult to imagine facts that are more horrific than those found in this case,” said Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Irina Khasin. “I am hoping these two little girls can somehow survive this abuse and grow into healthy adults who can lead a productive and fulfilling life.”
The girls’ grandmother, Teresa Davidson, is already in jail after pleading guilty to cruelty to children for not protecting the girls. They had told her that their mother was letting men sexually abuse them and she did absolutely nothing to stop it. She is serving four years.
As for Office, he will die in prison. He was sentenced to life behind bars without parole after being found guilty on May 1st on charges of rape, child molestation, trafficking a person for sexual servitude, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and sexual battery.
Trejo faired a little better. He was found guilty on charges that pretty much mirrored Office’s. He will serve 25 years behind bars and the rest of his life on probation.
Bellevue College is well-known for its great curriculum, placing it as the third-largest institution of higher education overall in Washington State. But BC is also known for its social, cultural life and its promotion of diversity as well as overall inclusion.
While focusing on offering local and international students a higher education in preparation to university or a career pathway, Bellevue College along with the Office of International Education, also known as OIE, creates recreational programs where students can add a touch of their culture into the campus. Among the numerous events often organized by different student clubs, the International Night is one of the BC’s longest traditions and biggest cultural event for the whole academic year.
The OIE has planned the event this year six months prior to the date and has been looking for talents among enrolled students. The International Night poster highlighted that “this event is put together entirely by our international and local students to showcase their cultural heritage.” E-mail notifications had also been sent as reminders to ensure a great presence of the public for the success of the night.
On Saturday April 28, the cafeteria of Bellevue College has been transformed into a dreamy restaurant buffet animated with live performances. Right at the beginning, the guests were invited to join the line for the catering service.
Staying consistent with the international theme, the food was favored with a combination of diverse cuisine. There were foods such as hummus from the Mediterranean, tofu from Asia and the famous American cookies that we all enjoyed being served as dessert. While dining in the atmosphere that evening, the scheduled performances from various cultures began. A Chinese couple opened the show performing an acoustic guitar. Following this, were two students showing their best dance moves through the beat of K-pop music.
A couple of Japanese students shared a song that is considered as a graduation anthem in Japan. This beautiful euphony performed in Japanese language had a slow melody which would make anyone feel melancholy.
Then came the most anticipated part of the event, the fashion show. Students from different countries including China, Bulgaria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and India were walking on the stage in their traditional and modern attires.
As they were showcasing their outfits, the master of ceremony was explaning the different occasions in which the costumes are wore and their assimilation to social status. The runway was rich with colors and styles, and the audience was very receptive and amazed by the unique aspect of each performances.
In addition to the fashion show were several styles of dance, including Taiko, a Persian love song, and a Japanese choral. Besides the performances were two photo booths available for everyone who wanted to make this moment memorable through selfies.
The International Night performances were described as modern and traditional, popular and rare, soft and beautiful and loud and powerful. Indeed, attending International Night was a live opportunity to learn from several cultures by having fun. It is in fact a way to improve cultural knowledge, social interaction and being aware that there is absolutely unity in diversity. More pictures of the International Night event are available at https://www.facebook.com/BCOIE/
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A homeless couple are both behind bars for forcing their 7-year-old daughter to perform sex acts, pickpocket, panhandle in heels and attend “secret parties” in exchange for drugs and money.
The girl and her 8-year-old brother, who went to the same school, would often show up unkempt or would fall asleep during class. The school was aware that the parents, Teri Lee Sanchez and James Stewart Sr, 37, were known to be occasionally homeless.
In November of last year, the girl’s teacher noticed she was, “excessively unkempt and smelled of urine.” She lead her into the bathroom to put her in fresh clothing and clean her up. It was at this point when she noticed dried blood in her panties. The teacher informed the school principal and made contact with Albuquerque police and the Children, Youth and Families Department, and made a report to each.
Both the principle and teacher noted an additional incident where the girl was dropped off at school in an unfamiliar vehicle wearing high heels and appeared to have had her hair, and makeup professionally done. In their words, they described her as being made up, “overtly sexually provocative and age-inappropriate.”
Special agents with the Office of the Attorney General went to the last known residence for the couple and informed the family had not been there for two weeks. Both children were listed on the missing and endangered persons database and subsequently located with their mother, Terri Lee Sanchez.
It was during an interview with the children that investigators learned that the children ate infrequently and when they did it consisted of beans with ketchup. They also learned that the girl’s father would force her to touch the genitals of men and women she described as “dad’s friends” and that she, “did not enjoy performing these acts and was scared someone would touch her parts.” Stewart would receive, “weed and pipes and other stuff” in exchange.
The girl also told investigators her mother would take her to “hustle” alone while dressed up in high-heeled shoes and makeup. She was forced to go with her mother to “special parties” where she was left alone while her mom became inebriated. The “secret parties” turned out to be the strip club where Sanchez worked as a dancer. The report also alleges that the father encouraged her to pickpocket because it was easy for her to do since her hands were so small.
Stewart was arrested and is charged with human trafficking, criminal sexual contact of a minor, abuse of a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and promoting prostitution.
Sanchez was arrested on child abuse charges and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Five of the seven Seattle conspiracy case Court in Tacoma yesterday after pleading no contest (which has the effect of a guilty plea) to contempt-of-court charges stemming from their December, 1970, trial. From left were Joe Kelly, Jeff Dowd (side to camera), Susan Stern, Charles (Chip) Marshall, 3rd, and Michael Abeles. Persons in the background were not identified.
FEB. 22, 1972: Five members of the Seattle 7 leave the federal courthouse in Tacoma after pleading no contest to charges of contempt of court. From left are Joe Kelly, Jeff Dowd (side to camera), Susan Stern, Chip Marshall and Michael Abeles. (Peter Liddell/The Seattle Times)
The fledging Seattle Liberation Front had taken a leadership role in street demonstrations following contempt citations against the Chicago Seven.
IN JANUARY 1970, with no end in sight for America’s war in Vietnam, an unlikely and accidental band of young Seattleites emerged to lead a newly minted and fast-growing local anti-war organization they called the Seattle Liberation Front. Contempt charges issued to the Chicago Seven during their conspiracy trial sparked “The Day After” street demonstrations Feb. 17 in cities around the country, including Seattle, where the fledgling SLF took a leadership role.
Their energetic but quarrelsome efforts to stop the war and remake their world had hardly gotten off the ground when Michael Abeles, Jeff Dowd, Joe Kelly, Michael Lerner, Roger Lippman, Chip Marshall and Susan Stern were targeted by a federal grand jury and indicted and arrested on conspiracy and riot charges. The trial of the Seattle 7 showcased their naiveté, wit and unexpected savvy as they resisted their government’s determination to quash dissent against racism, capitalism and the war.
During their chaotic trial in Tacoma, they received a 12-day crash course in the American judicial system. Spokane lawyer Carl Maxey and nationally known attorney Michael Tigar led the defense team; the U.S. prosecuting attorney was Stan Pitkin, a young and upcoming Nixon appointee. When Pitkin’s key witness faltered and the government’s case appeared doomed, the presiding judge issued a surprise ruling.
The following is an excerpted version of Chapter 13 from the book “Protest on Trial: The Seattle 7 Conspiracy”:
THURSDAY, DEC. 10 , the defendants ran out of patience. Strategy and cooperation, what there was of it, went out the window. Justice was nowhere to be found. The skies were spraying freezing rain on the defendants’ supporters; Judge George H. Boldt refused to address the issue of so many people out in the rain, even though a perfectly safe and dry vestibule was available. The prosecution appeared to be dillydallying. The defendants had had enough of this legal game.
NOV. 23, 1970: Jeff Dowd, one of the Seattle 7, was the inspiration for The Dude in the Coen brothers movie “The Big Lebowski.” Dowd came to Seattle from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where fellow defendants Chip Marshall, Joe Kelly and Michael Abeles had also gone to college. (Peter Liddell/The Seattle Times)
Early in the morning, Jeff Dowd strode out of the defendants’ conference room and down the hall to the judge’s chambers, determined to convince Boldt to do right by their cold and wet supporters. He pounded, hard, on the judge’s outer door, yelling that he wanted to talk with him. Dowd rarely did anything quietly.
Boldt was taken aback by the ferocity of the pounding, saying later it almost broke the door. When he emerged, with help from marshals, he immediately cited Dowd for contempt, noting his belligerent temperament throughout the trial. The judge said he had no intention of letting any of the spectators in.
Dowd returned to the defense room to tell his alleged co-conspirators the news of his contempt citation. About 20 minutes later, the jury was seated. [Stan] Pitkin and his staff were present; the judge was there; but Carl Maxey was the only one at the defense table. In retrospect, the defendants commented that it was unprecedented for Boldt to have seated the jury before checking to see that both defense and prosecution were present and ready to begin the day’s proceedings. Suddenly, attorney Michael Tigar hurried in to the courtroom, having come from the defense conference room, where the defendants were still talking about how to convince the judge to allow their supporters to come in out of the rain.
Addressing Boldt, Tigar attempted to plead the spectators’ need to take shelter in the vestibule of the courthouse. The judge would have none of it, and ordered Tigar to bring the defendants into the courtroom. He sent a bailiff along with him to see that it was done. The bailiff returned about five minutes later to say he had notified the defendants to appear, but that Michael Lerner had asked for five more minutes to confer. Lerner was trying to convince his fellow defendants that it was not good timing to demand a discussion about the spectators in the rain, or to object to Dowd’s apparent contempt citation. “Let’s not hold things up for these two procedural issues,” he pleaded. The others disagreed.
Exactly five minutes later, the bailiff was sent to get the defendants. He quickly returned to the courtroom to report that the defendants’ room was locked, but that the missing defense attorneys were coming down the hall. Tigar explained that the defendants didn’t want to return to the courtroom unless those two matters could be discussed first. Boldt refused, saying, “I personally will go there.” He ordered the jury and the spectators to stay seated, and told the defense attorneys to come with him. The attorneys, Boldt and “a large number of marshals” charged down the hallway to the defense conference room. Just as they arrived, the door opened, and the defendants poured out.
Boldt demanded that they all return to the courtroom. [Michael] Abeles interrupted, “We were just on our way.” The defendants then raced en masse toward the courtroom. Dowd later said that all the shouting and shoving and running was like participating in a roller derby. The marshals, confused by the sudden motion, chased after them. A newsman in the hallway noticed a marshal hitting and swearing at one of the defendants, who yelled to the judge, “Did you see that?” “The Judge,” the newsman wrote, “appeared frightened by the incident.”
Reaching his chambers door partway down the hall, Boldt quickly veered off into his room to compose himself. The defendants ran on past and into the courtroom. They noticed, to their surprise, that the jury was seated, listening intently to the commotion in the hallway. Boldt was nowhere in sight. Chip Marshall immediately walked over to talk to the patiently seated jury. Leaning affably against the jury box, he said, “We would like to explain to the jury why we refused to come in at the beginning of this trial. There are a number of people who have been kept outside every day in the rain, people who are getting sick, and all we ask is that the marshals allow these people to come into the lobby, which they have not done.”
DEC. 14, 1970: U.S. District Judge George H. Boldt declared a mistrial in the conspiracy case against the Seattle 7 on Dec. 10 and charged six of them (all but Susan Stern, who was not in court that day) with contempt of court. On Dec. 14, Boldt sentenced the six on contempt charges. He added new contempt charges for five of the six, plus Stern, after a wild scene in the courtroom that included a Nazi flag thrown onto Boldt’s bench. (Seattle Times archives)
Boldt then emerged from his chambers, and was shocked to find Marshall speaking directly to the jury — highly irregular and forbidden courtroom behavior in the absence of the judge. “Be silent!” he repeated in louder and louder tones, while Marshall concluded his explanation of the defendants’ grievances to the jury. Interrupting Marshall, Boldt abruptly dismissed the jury, and began to harangue the defendants as prologue to issuing contempt citations to one and all: “The sum total of all of this is one of the most inexcusable and outrageous incidents of contempt of court that I have ever read about or learned of in any way, certainly far beyond anything that I have seen.”
Marshall and [Joe] Kelly shouted back that it was prosecuting attorney Pitkin who was frustrating the orderly progress of the trial, as he hadn’t brought in a witness for two days. The defendants had never back-burnered their earlier shock and anger over the skewed jury selection process, either; nothing, they said, about the whole process had seemed fair. Boldt, equally angry, repeated his story of how loudly Dowd had pounded on his door. Although he didn’t say he was frightened, observers noted he was shaking and pale.
Boldt then dropped his real thunderbolt:
Boldt: I now have grave doubts that this trial could possibly continue with an unbiased jury by reason of misconduct of the defendants … in these circumstances, I hold it to be my duty in the interests of justice to declare a mistrial of this case, and I do now and hereby declare —
Marshall: The reason you do is you are afraid the jury has seen Mr. Pitkin and his witnesses. We are not afraid of the jury.
Kelly: We think we can get off.
The judge then ordered the courtroom cleared, and repeated, “I now declare a mistrial of this case by reason of misconduct of the defendants and, to some extent, their counsel in failing to assist the court in the matter of procuring an orderly trial and in the matter of bringing the defendants into the court.” Amid much shouting from the defendants, Judge Boldt loudly repeated, “Recess! Recess!” as he backed strategically behind a bailiff into his chambers. The defendants assumed they were heading back to jail immediately.
DEC. 14, 1970: Protesters were arrested after the Seattle 7 were sentenced to jail on contempt charges. (Richard S. Heyza/The Seattle Times)
An hour and a half later, the attorneys and the defendants were summoned to Boldt’s chambers. Boldt said he couldn’t get the contempt citations completed for an afternoon session, so he would deliver them in the courtroom the following Monday morning. Lerner asked whether they were going to be charged with contempt for things that Boldt had previously said he wouldn’t charge them for. In his response, Boldt called him Mr. Marshall. Lerner then explained his view of the morning’s events — that they weren’t trying to ignore Boldt’s order to come to the courtroom — and concluded, “I think it would be a tremendous miscarriage of justice now to compound this [misunderstanding] by sending us to jail.” He also raised the point, which would come up later, that Boldt had made no effort to establish whether any of the jurors had in fact been prejudiced by witnessing and hearing what they did.
Several newsmen, however, had caught up with most of the jurors as they left the courthouse to ask that question — had the melee of the morning made it no longer possible for them to render a fair judgment? Most said no. The local news director for the NBC affiliate submitted transcripts of his interviews with eight jurors, none of whom felt their opinion was changed by the morning’s events, nor were they prejudiced against the defendants. A typical response was from juror Floyd Getchell: “No. I had no prejudice against any of the defendants,” and “Yes, quite,” when asked, “Were you surprised that you were let go?” Another juror, Robert Owen, said, “The outbursts didn’t bother us.” A third, Robert McNamee, characterized the case as a “run-of-the-mill TV trial.” Many jurors voiced disappointment at not being allowed to finish out the trial. One, though, was reported as saying, “I think after that incident, it would have been hard for us not to be prejudiced. They were sure guilty of one conspiracy. They conspired to stop the trial.”
JAN. 13, 1971: From left, Jeff Dowd, Michael Abeles, Susan Stern and Roger Lippman talk after being freed on bail. Their conspiracy case had been declared a mistrial on Dec. 10, 1970, and each of the seven defendants spent time in jail for contempt of court before eventually being released early in 1971. At this news conference, each said time in jail strengthened their revolutionary views. (Peter Liddell/The Seattle Times)
The defendants held a press conference. Marshall compared their situation to a railroad workers’ strike that was going on that week. “The railroads are on strike today, and we’re on strike from this railroad.” Everyone now assumed they would be sent to jail on Monday. They noted that the prosecution had delayed the trial for almost two days, calling no witnesses since [Horace “Red”] Parker, with only a mild reprimand from Boldt, yet when the defendants delayed the trial for five minutes, Boldt went ballistic. Tigar said what was really happening was that the government was playing a double-jeopardy strategy — since the prosecution appeared to be losing the case, the government had decided to end it and start over again.
The newspapers speculated whether and where a second trial might take place. The decision to retry the case rested in the U.S. Attorney’s Office; Pitkin equivocated, citing the unprecedented nature of the case. If it were retried, it would have to occur in the same Western Washington federal district, and Boldt could again be the judge assigned to the case. The Washington State Bar Association voted “to examine the trial record to determine whether any attorney in the case is guilty of unprofessional or unethical conduct.” The Seattle Times reporters noted, “It is unusual for a judge to order a mistrial because of defendants’ conduct. Most mistrials result from actions by the prosecution resulting in charges being dismissed.”
Meanwhile, Tigar jump-started his research on declarations of mistrial, instances of double jeopardy and the finer points of contempt citations in excess of six months. Back in the courtroom for a brief session, Boldt again told the attorneys and defendants that he needed some quiet time to collect his thoughts to document the citations and notice of mistrial. “I need some — what did they use to call it, the MRA people, what was their name? What was it, the Moral Re-Armament? A quiet time.” For the newspapers, though, he didn’t stint — calling the defendants’ behavior a “degrading and outrageous” example of contempt.
DEC. 10, 1970: Michael Abeles, one of the Seattle 7 defendants, gives a spectator a lift after leaving the U.S. Courthouse in Tacoma after U.S. District Court Judge George H. Boldt had ordered a mistrial in their conspiracy case. Chip Marshall, another of the Seattle 7, is in the middle. (The Associated Press)
Looking for a compromise, a way to defuse the contentiousness, Lerner asked Boldt, “Is there any way we can unmiss the mistrial?” “No. There is no way. The jury has been discharged,” responded Boldt. He explained that his decision “was not done suddenly in the heat of it; it was done after much thought and soul-searching.” Lerner then tried again, explaining the cost and time it had taken to prepare for this trial, that their attorneys likely wouldn’t be available for another trial and that the mistrial “is an unfair disaster.”
Judge Boldt’s diary indicates that he spent all day Friday, Dec. 11, and both weekend days, Dec. 12 and 13, in his chambers working on the mistrial and contempt papers. But if he thought declaring a mistrial and invoking contempt charges under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 42(a) meant that he had regained control over his courtroom, he was gravely mistaken.
From Nov. 23, 1971: Four of the Seattle 7 defendants held a news conference after a Ninth District Court of Appeals ruled in their favor on a review of contempt-of-court charges. From left are Jeff Dowd, Joe Kelly, Susan Stern and Michael Abeles. (Peter Liddell/The Seattle Times)
The following Monday, Judge Boldt entered the contempt sentences: a full year each for Marshall, Dowd, Abeles, Kelly and [Roger] Lippman, and six months each for [Susan] Stern and Lerner. Each attorney and defendant was allowed 20 minutes to respond. Before long, the courtroom was a shambles; 10 spectators were arrested, charged with assault and held on $10,000 bail.
When Boldt handed down the contempt-of-court sentences, he declared that he would not order a new trial for the conspiracy changes until the seven had served their entire contempt sentences. In fact, all were out on bail within a month, and their attorneys then went to work appealing the sentences. The prosecution, though, would not quit. Pitkin refiled the contempt charges and set a hearing for February 1972, just over two years after the Seattle demonstration against the jailing of the Chicago Seven.
By then, the defendants were tired and out of money. They hadn’t conspired in 1970, and by 1972, there were more dissimilarities than similarities among them. They did agree, however, to stop fighting the contempt citations, and all pleaded no contest. In some ways, the Department of Justice won. Their strategy to interfere with the perfectly legal organizing work of SLF by arresting its leaders on complicated conspiracy charges had succeeded in dismantling the group.
• After the trial, Stern wrote a memoir about her years with the Weatherman group (later known as the Weathermen, then the Weather Underground). She died of heart failure in 1976 at the age of 33.
• Lerner lives in Berkeley, Calif., and remains politically active as a rabbi and leader in the religious left.
• Lippman lives in Seattle, became interested in alternative fuels and works in the solar-energy field.
• Kelly became a fisheries biologist in Eastern Washington and maintains an interest in progressive and environmental politics.
• Abeles stayed in Seattle, worked odd jobs, made friends and did art. Impaired by a brain tumor combined with the effects of heavy drug use during the 1970s, he died in 2016.
• Dowd lives in Los Angeles and works in the entertainment business. His outsize personality made him the inspiration for “The Dude” in the Coen brothers’ 1998 film, “The Big Lebowski.”
• Marshall twice ran for Seattle City Council, then moved to Asia, where he spent much of his career in land and building development. He now lives in Malta.
• An eighth member of the original group, Michael Justesen, went underground before the trial, joined Weatherman in California and now lives in the Midwest.
NOV. 23, 1970: Demonstrators protested in the rain outside the U.S. Courthouse in Tacoma on the first day of the trial for the Seattle 7. Inside, jury selection had begun for the trial of seven people charged with conspiracy following a Feb. 17 demonstration in Seattle. (George Carkonen/The Seattle Times)
The Seattle 7 believed that a good society holds itself together by recognizing people’s common need for food, shelter, safety, personal affection and meaningful activity, now and for future generations. That is, of course, the American dream.
We live today neither in the worst of times or places, nor in the best of times or places. Much is left to be done; our relatively greater freedom to dissent comes with greater responsibilities to exercise that right. The problems out there to be solved today are surely as great as they were in 1970. The tools available today are more numerous, and the opportunities for creative engagement are broader, as well.
Dynamic, thoughtfully focused dissent is even more American than apple pie, and is both the foundation and the scaffolding of a more just and free future.
Kit Bakke was active in Students for a Democratic Society at Bryn Mawr College and later Weatherman, participating in anti-war and anti-capitalism actions around the country. Born and raised in Seattle, she was a pediatric oncology nurse, and now works as an independent writer and consultant, and supports local philanthropic organizations focused on human services and education. To write “Protest on Trial,” she conducted dozens of personal interviews with six defendants; their attorneys; FBI agents; journalists; jurors; the U.S. Marshal; and SLF members, supporters and critics. She also accessed the trial transcript, appeals briefs and depositions, newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets and other ephemera of the times, as well as memoirs and books.
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