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Loving, Intuitive, Relentless.
Not necessarily the public’s idea of a criminal
defense lawyer. Yet to me these qualities
are essential. We’re all human. People
make mistakes. My job is to tell the
whole story, the human story. The law
must be compassionate to be just.
I recently defended a young man.
Terminally ill, with extensive
criminal history, he’s the sole
parent of a toddler. Facing a
five year sentence on a four
count felony, he likely would
have died in prison. I fought
for him, asserting that his life
is larger than his mistakes. The
Judge agreed. He and his family
have a second chance.
restrictions by prohibiting the sale of medicinal liquor without a required permit,
and prohibiting the importation of liquor
into the state. Soon after, the U.S. Congress adopted the Reed-Randall Bone Dry
Act, outlawing shipment of liquor into any
state that had dry laws as of July 1, 1917. In
1919, the federal Prohibition amendment
to the U. S. Constitution was ratified.
The new laws did not, of course, cease
all production and consumption of liquor
in the state. For example, in 1923, the
King County Sheriff Department discov-
ered 190 cases of liquor during a down-
town Seattle raid at the Union Stables.
The next year, the sheriff’s office found
one still, one sake press, and 30 gallons
of sake during a raid in Seattle’s Interna-
tional District. In 1926, the sheriff found
18 gallons of moonshine whiskey and five
quart bottles of home brew beer at Nick’s
Place, an establishment about two miles
northeast of Kirkland.
After more than 15 years of Prohibition, Washington voters repealed the
state’s bone-dry law by initiative in 1932,
with 62 percent voter support. Local liquor restrictions were similarly repealed.
This created an exception for medicinal
liquor, as the federal law provided that
patients could be provided one pint of
medicinal liquor every 10 days. Tacoma
was the first city in the state to stock medicinal liquor in its drugstores; Seattle
residents had to wait a while, however, as
the permitting process hit a snag due to
the flood of applications to the Bureau of
Industrial Alcohol. Access was provided
on New Year’s Eve 1932. Revelers, now
with their medicinal needs addressed,
crowded the streets.
The federal Prohibition amendment
was repealed in its entirety in 1933 with
the adoption of the 21st Amendment.
That same year, the Washington Legislature adopted the “Steele Act,” which
established a comprehensive structure
for state regulation of the sale of liquor
and created a state Liquor Control
Board. The Board adopted regulations
that included a prohibition on the sale
of any alcohol on Sundays and required
that already-sold drinks be picked up by
midnight on Saturday night.
Citing concerns about the state regulating conduct for religious reasons, Seattle attorneys Lem Powell and Camden
Hall spearheaded an initiative campaign
to repeal the state’s “Blue Laws,” which
criminalized most sales and services
— including sales of alcohol — on Sundays. The Blue Laws were repealed by a
64 percent voter approval of Initiative
229. The Liquor Control Board’s Sunday ban remained, however. But in July
1967, after a public hearing, the Board
announced its unanimous adoption of a
new regulation allowing the sale of alcohol on Saturday nights until 2 a.m. and
on Sundays from 2 to 10 p.m. Packaged
wine and “hard” liquor could only be
sold by state-owned liquor stores, which
stayed closed on Sundays pursuant to a
different statute, RCW 66. 16.080. Sunday sales hours of everything but packaged hard liquor were extended in 1970
to match the other days of the week.
Decades later, a bottle of vodka or
whiskey became a lot easier to access.
Voters approved a ballot Initiative
1183 to privatize liquor sales, which