McKenna on KIRO: Everett suing OxyContin maker over opioid crisis

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the City of Everett’s new lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. In announcing the lawsuit, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson said, “There is clear evidence that Purdue ignored their responsibility to stop the diversion of OxyContin into the black market, directly leading to the heroin crisis […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can sex offenders be barred from Facebook?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case out of North Carolina, where a registered sex offender was caught using Facebook. North Carolina bars sex offenders from using social media sites that children can join, a law that some are challenging as too sweeping. The case landed before the U.S. Supreme Court on […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can gov’t force fingerprint to unlock phone?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a thorny case out of Minnesota, where a judge ordered a burglary suspect to provide his fingerprint to unlock his cell phone. The man appealed, arguing that doing so violated his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. A Minnesota appeals court ruled against him, saying that providing the […]

McKenna on KIRO: Legal fight over the immigration executive order

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration and refugees. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to issue a ruling later today. Dave Ross: “Does the president have carte blanche to simply declare something a national security issue, or does he have to back that up […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can facial manipulation software cause global chaos?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a Stanford study that demonstrated the potential for video technology that completely change a subject’s facial expressions. The technology can use existing footage or even real-time broadcasts. Coupled with audio manipulation, the methods could be helpful to fake news purveyors, or governments looking to cause choas to […]

McKenna on KIRO: Microsoft vs feds on data stored overseas

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a legal tussle between the federal government and Microsoft over when and how the government can access emails that are stored on servers overseas. According to The Hill, “Microsoft had argued it was bound to abide by the law of Ireland and that the Department of Justice […]

McKenna on KIRO: Repealing Washington’s death penalty

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about his presence at a bipartisan press conference on Monday, where Republican and Democrats backed a bill requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to repeal Washington’s death penalty. Dave Ross: “Have you ever changed your mind about something of that magnitude before?” Rob McKenna: “I don’t know. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can California stop IMDb from publishing actors’ ages?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a new California law that would require the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) to take down the birthdates and real ages of actors who request it. The law “was meant to combat ageism in the industry,” but IMDb is fighting it in court on First Amendment grounds. Dave […]

McKenna on KIRO: Lawmaker takes on social media Ethics Board case

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Legislative Ethics Board case that Rep. Melanie Stambaugh (R-Puyallup) chose to fight. The issue centers on whether or not public officials are allowed to share taxpayer-funded legislative videos and updates on campaign Facebook pages. Rob McKenna: “And the Ethics Board isn’t saying that Rep. Stambaugh can’t […]

McKenna on KIRO: Horrific Oakland warehouse fire

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about last week’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, where 36 people died. It came out today that the Oakland Fire Department has no record of ever inspecting the building. Dave Ross: “Apparently the guy who set this up was actually leasing the building from a landlord who […]