McKenna on KIRO: Legislature might do away with the death penalty

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about bills in Olympia that would end the death penalty in Washington. He said last year that a lifetime of “miserable existence” in solitary confinement is a punishment he can live with for murderers like Gary Ridgway. Dave Ross: “It sounds like you feel the best way, then, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Judge knocks down Trump’s DACA decision

Listen here (starting at 6:22) http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/Ross-McKenna_Convsersation_1-18-2018.mp3   KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a judicial ruling against President Trump’s executive order ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A federal judge from the 9th Circuit ruled that the Federal Administrative Procedures Act prevents the administration from simply ending DACA by executive […]

McKenna on KIRO: No-warrant driveway searches for stolen vehicles?

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/MCKENNA-COLLINS_V_VIRGINIA_1-11-18.mp3 KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case in Virginia where police, thinking a suspect possessed a stolen motorcycle, entered a property without a warrant and looked under a cover to find the stolen bike. It was parked under an enclosure that the defendant argues was part of the home, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Should hoax 911 caller be charged with murder?

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/McKenna_Conversation_1-4-2018.mp3 KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case of “swatting” that led to a Kansas man’s death. Tyler Barriss, a 25-year-old Californian, is charged with making a false 911 report in which he pretended to be someone taking his family hostage. Police responded to the Wichita address provided by Barriss, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Who can be impeached, and for what?

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/McKenna_Podcast.mp3 KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob for an Impeachment 101 primer. Who can be impeached? What are the standards? Is the process as much political as it is judicial? Dave Ross: “Slade Gorton, one of your predecessors as attorney general, was in the Senate at the time of the Clinton trial, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Is Harvard biased against Asians? Feds investigating

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/Ross_Mckenna_12-14.mp3   KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a Dept. of Justice investigation into whether Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. Dave Ross: “Has Harvard actually been doing this, Rob?” Rob McKenna: “Well that’s what the investigation is designed to determine. There was a coalition of Asian-American organizations who filed a complaint […]

McKenna on KIRO: Some states want in on sports betting

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/mckenna_open_2_12-07-17.mp3 KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the State of New Jersey challenging a federal law that effectively bans sports betting. The case, Christie v. NCAA, was heard in the U.S. Supreme Court this week, and some observers think the court is likely to strike down the law. Dave Ross: “Do […]

McKenna on KIRO: What can you do if you’re falsely accused?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the torrent of recent accusations about sexually inappropriate behavior and the high-profile firings that have resulted. Dave Ross: “I go back to this line in her column where she says, ‘Many men are asking, if I were wrongly accused, who would believe me?’…At least in the cases […]

McKenna on KIRO: Sandy Hook families target gun manufacturer

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit against a gun manufacturer over the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. Some families of the victims are suing Remington, although gun manufacturers are largely shielded by federal law from these types of suits. Their lawyers argued in a Connecticut Supreme Court hearing Tuesday that Remington […]

McKenna on KIRO: Bloggers and neo-Nazis badgering Taylor Swift

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a spat involving Taylor Swift, neo-Nazis, and the ACLU. A left-wing blogger wrote that Swift’s lyrics speak to fringe groups’ “anger, entitlement and selfishness” and that her lack of political involvement could be seen as “subtle encouragement” to the far-right. Swift’s lawyers called it defamation and demanded […]