Wait, voters can’t say whether drug injection sites are OK?

A judge ruled Monday that an initiative to ban drug injection sites in King County cannot go on the February ballot as planned. The Seattle Times reports: “Letting voters decide whether to ban safe-injection sites would infringe on the power of the King County Board of Health, King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galván ruled […]

McKenna on KIRO: Las Vegas shooting and bump stocks

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about legal scenarios raised by the Las Vegas mass shooting. Much of the discussion in the wake of the shooting has focused on outlawing bump stocks. Dave Ross: “All the advertisements I could find for bump stocks, of course, none of them say ‘you should use this to […]

Standing up for free speech on campus and against the speech police

There’s at least one upside to this era of political turmoil and partisan churn: It is certainly offering a lot of opportunities to discuss free speech. It’s unfortunate that even football is a source for division instead of unity now. But after the initial shock of the tit-for-tat between the president and NFL players – […]

McKenna on KIRO: Child porn conviction upheld for teen’s own photo

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a state Supreme Court ruling in which a Spokane teen’s conviction for child pornography was upheld, even though he was the one who created and sent the image. NW News Network reports, “The teen, who has Asperger’s syndrome and was already a convicted juvenile sex offender, was […]

McKenna on KIRO: Everett says no to serving coffee in a bikini

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the City of Everett’s new dress requirements for food and beverage services. The city council voted unanimously for the ordinance, which effectively bans bikini barista stands. A group of baristas is now suing the city over the new rules. Dave Ross: “So you think that this lawsuit […]

McKenna on KIRO: Police officer angrily arrests Utah nurse

KIRO 97.3 host Colleen O’Brien asked Rob about the now-famous video footage of a nurse being arrested in Utah. A police officer grew belligerent when the nurse wouldn’t perform a blood draw on an unconscious accident victim and wrongfully arrested her. Colleen O’Brien: “As we see this sort of behavior more and more because of […]

McKenna on KIRO: Wrongfully pulled over but still busted

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about when courts must throw out evidence obtained during an erroneous traffic stop. Dave Ross: “So I was amazed to find that some years back, the [U.S.] Supreme Court ruled that if a police officer uses a misinterpretation of the law to stop you, that stop and the […]

McKenna on KIRO: Lawsuit filed to block vote on heroin injection sites

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit that attempts to block a public vote on heroin injection sites in King County. I-27, which seeks to ban injection sites in the county, garnered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. The King County Council chose to place it on the February 2018 ballot […]

McKenna on KIRO: Civil asset forfeiture abuse

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about recent renewed controversy regarding civil asset forfeiture. Federal Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a renewed focus on seizing assets by the Justice Department and U.S. Attorneys. Dave Ross: “OK, not that I’m implying there would ever be corruption in the justice system, but it sounds like […]

Government takes people’s stuff without a conviction or even charges. That’s wrong

You can say this about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: He doesn’t mind swimming against the tide. That can be an admirable trait, depending on the issue. Increasing the use of civil asset forfeiture (CAF) is the wrong issue. Sessions announced this week that he is undoing the modest CAF reforms put in place by […]