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Victims' Rights

Wait for justice is a life sentence for former NFL star

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kermit Alexander is death penalty opponents' worst nightmare. Foes of the death penalty argue that the criminal justice system is skewed against African-Americans and that prosecutors are less likely to seek the death penalty when victims are...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

More than a third of Washington victims don’t receive full restitution

TACOMA — An investigation into restitution payments has found that more than a third of victims in Washington are not being fully paid, and criminals who don’t pay victims rarely face serious consequences.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

Death penalty makes Tsarnaev more important than he is

Why was 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to die in a state so generally opposed to capital punishment? A recent Boston Globe poll found that only 19 percent of Massachusetts residents wanted the Boston Marathon bomber put to death. The state hasn't seen an execution since...

Date: 05/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Mother trying to get headstone for slain daughter’s grave

TULALIP — Pam Blount sat in her car outside the headstone maker’s office for 20 minutes, wiping at tears and working up the nerve to go inside.“I want it to be perfect,” Blount said. “I want something I think she would like, something she’d be proud of.”

Date: 05/17/2015 | Local News

Helping to heal

For 40 years, group has been there to help crime victims

Date: 04/19/2015 | Local News

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