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: 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: 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: 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: 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 […]