August 2020 Bar Bulletin
By Lisa Daugaard
On Systemic Racial Bias
“Accused Kidnapper, Pimp Goes Free as Prosecutors Fume”, blared the January 2, 2013 Seattle Times headline. Judge Theresa Doyle “freed Stevens without requiring that he even post bond,” the article read.1
What actually happened was that the police report, though artfully written by the detective, did not establish the probable cause constitutionally required to detain Mr. Stevens. The victim had not identified him as the perpetrator. So, Judge Doyle, presiding over King County Superior Court’s arraignment calendar, did her job, followed the law, and released him. The prosecutor’s deputy chief of staff told the Seattle Times...