SYNOPSIS: May a party be a lawful “beneficiary” under Washington’s Deed of Trust Act if it never held the promissory note secured by the deed of trust?
Case No. 2 - 85788-1
State of Washington
Gregoria Bravo Ortega
Michael Pellicciotti/James Whisman
SYNOPSIS: Generally, an officer has lawful authority to arrest a misdemeanor suspect only if the offense was committed in the officer’s presence. Was Ortega lawfully arrested when one officer observed the offense and instructed another officer to carry out the arrest?
Case No. 3 - 86188-9
In re the Custody of: A.F.J.
Roger Leishman/Christina Chan
Dennis McGlothin/Robert Cadranell, II
SYNOPSIS: The court must decide if service as a foster parent alone precludes a finding of de facto parentage.
Case No. 4 – 85658-3
City of Seattle, et al.
Timothy Leyh/Matthew Kenney/Elizabeth Weden Perka
SYNOPSIS: During a stop of a burglary suspect, two Seattle police officers observed but did not pick up nearby shotgun shells. After later retrieving the shells, the suspect shot and killed Michael Robb. Did the officers merely fail to prevent a dangerous situation or did they affirmatively create the danger, thus incurring liability for Robb’s death?
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