Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Update: WNBR Charges Dismissed against Daniel

A form-email myself (and several others) received from the Mayor's office announcing charges have been dropped against Daniel:

"Thank you for taking the time to comment in support of Mr. Johnson. As you may know, Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes, not the mayor, is the elected official with the discretion to charge city infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors. In this case, the decision to prosecute Mr. Johnson was made last month by the previous City Attorney. You will be happy to know that after City Attorney Holmes took office and reviewed the case, the charges against Mr. Johnson were dropped as of this morning. If you have any further questions or comments about this case, feel free to contact Mr. Holmes (peter.holmes@seattle.gov) and his Criminal Division Chief, Craig Sims (craig.sims@seattle.gov).
Again, thank you for taking the time to comment.
Yours in service,
Derek Farmer
Office of Mayor Mike McGinn"

The West Seattle Blog also has coverage, noting the charges of Indecent Exposure were Dismissed with Prejudice . . . which means the case is dismissed for good reason and the plaintiff is barred from bringing an action on the same claim. That good reason?  Probably the realization that this simply did not fit the definition of indecent exposure.  Quite possibly a statement that they are not going to pursue cases like this . . . that they've got better things to do.

In any case, congrats Daniel.

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