Northwest Briefly: Judge denies appeal for death row inmate

  • Tue Aug 31st, 2010 10:23pm
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YAKIMA — A federal judge on Tuesday denied an appeal by death row inmate Cal Coburn Brown, who is scheduled to be executed this month, and state officials continued preparations to carry out his sentence.

Brown was sentenced to the death penalty for the 1991 torture and murder of 22-year-old Holly Washa, a Burien woman. He had challenged the state’s new one-drug protocol for lethal injection, as well as the state Department of Corrections’ authority to obtain that drug and the qualifications of the execution team.

U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour in Seattle denied the appeal Tuesday, saying the questions raised by Brown already had been answered by other courts.

Seattle: Man attacks man wearing turban

A man accused of punching a man wearing a turban at a Seattle convenience store has been charged with malicious harassment — a hate crime — and assault.

KOMO News reported 35-year-old Brock R. Stainbrook of Seattle yelled, “You’re not even American, you’re al-Qaida. Go back to your country.”

A store employee broke up the Aug. 24 attack, and Stainbrook was arrested a few blocks away.

Woman accused of sex with adult son

A Kirkland woman accused of having sex with an adult son she had given up for adoption as a baby has been charged with incest.

The Seattle Times reported the charge was filed earlier this month against the 54-year-old woman in King County Superior Court.

The 33-year-old man told a sheriff’s detective in May that he had had a two-year sexual relationship with the woman beginning in 2004 after he tracked her down through an adoption agency.

Associated Press