People incarcerated as children can be resentenced, says WA Supreme Court. Some prosecutors don’t want that

Last year, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that people prosecuted as adults while they were still children deserve a chance to be resentenced by a judge, who retroactively takes the mitigating factors of their youth into account.

But two local prosecutors are challenging that law in the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the justices overreached in their interpretation of the Eighth Amendment.

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Auburn officer charged with murder in 2019 police killing, testing new deadly force legal standards

Auburn Police officer Jeffrey Nelson, 41, has been charged with second degree murder and first degree assault in connection with the 2019 shooting death of 26-year-old Jesse Sarey.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind charged under Washington state’s Initiative 940, which eliminates a long-held legal standard of not charging officers in deadly force cases unless it can be proven they acted with “malice.”

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