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Seattle judges may vacate 500 marijuana charges. Will those people find out?

Seattle judges may vacate 500 marijuana charges. Will those people find out?

| Jul 20, 2018

Do people getting their marijuana convictions vacated by the City of Seattle need to be notified? Are they entitled to legal counsel, and to reimbursement for the fines and fees they paid?

Those are some of the questions Seattle’s municipal court judges are wrestling with as they consider the city’s request to vacate more than 500 convictions for marijuana possession from 1996 to 2010. Those judges met Friday to consider the city attorney’s motion without issuing any decision.

Kelly Harris, criminal division chief at the Seattle City Attorney’s office, told the judges that the city is not obligated to notify the hundreds of people with convictions before moving forward.

Seattle judges may vacate 500 marijuana charges. Will those people find out?






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