McKenna on KIRO: Denied a job over dreadlocks

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case out of Alabama in which a woman’s job offer was rescinded because of her dreadlocks. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the business, but a Court of Appeals ruled the business did not violate the law. Dave Ross: “So, apparently what saved the employer in […]

McKenna on KIRO: Judge rules homeless man’s truck is a home

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about last week’s ruling in King County Superior Court that a homeless person’s vehicle can count as a home under the state’s homestead act. Judge Catherine Shaffer also ruled that the impound fees charged to Steven Long to retrieve his truck were unconstitutionally excessive. Dave Ross: “OK, so […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can you execute a prisoner who forgets the crime?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case the U.S. Supreme Court will consider in which a death row inmate’s attorneys argue the man should not be put to death because he cannot remember his crime or understand what is happening to him. Vernon Madison, 67, was convicted in a 1985 murder of […]

McKenna on KIRO: Gun purchase waiting periods and “red flag” laws

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a California law that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a lower court ruling that upheld the law. Ross also asked about “red flag” laws in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting. Ross: “There was a pretty […]

McKenna on KIRO: Federal law protecting graffiti?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case out of New York, where the owner of an unused factory building in Queens painted over graffiti art. A judge granted $6.7 million to 21 graffiti artists after they sued under the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. Dave Ross: “You know, a while back, didn’t […]

McKenna on KIRO: Seattle wants Facebook following political ad law

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Seattle Ethics & Election Commission’s demand that internet companies like Facebook and Google share information on political advertising. The Seattle Times explains that city law requires that “commercial advertisers that sell political ads to campaigns must make information about the ads available for public inspection leading […]

McKenna on KIRO: Real-life cases turn on interpreting emojis

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the emojis people send and how they’re being interpreted by courts in real cases, including sexual harassment suits, contractual disputes, and other areas. Dave Ross: “We have some serious cases of sexual harassment which are being decided based on texts now, right? So definitions become pretty important. […]

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)   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 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, […]