Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Many Vets Are Eligible for the Therapeutic Regional Veterans Court

January 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Judge Lisa Paglisotti

As a young man, Mr. B. served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was diagnosed with cancer in the early 2000s, and his wife of 46 years died in 2015. “I kind of went off the deep end after that,” he said in a Q-13 News story that aired November 14. “I was really down and out, started drinking too much and got in trouble with the law.”

For eligible vets, the King County Regional Veterans Court (RVC) offers an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system. As one of the county’s therapeutic courts, RVC...

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