Blue Byline

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The prime time crime of 2012

Year end reviews are a time-honored tradition in print journalism. Looking back on the year’s crime stories may not match the feel-good quality of other reviews, but it may highlight our progress on the many challenges we have faced. And vice versa.

So, here is a laundry list of the most popular topics addressed in Blue Byline this past year (based on site visits and commentary).

January: We began the year with the steamy topic of marijuana legislation. The state legislature was under a great deal of pressure to fix the gaping, truck-sized holes in the then current statute, and

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Freedom for Jason Puracal!

The latest news on Jason Puracal, a Foss High School and University of Washington alum, is nothing short of fantastic – Jason is a free man.

The latest update on Puracal came from the Idaho Press-Tribune (9/14) at 4:17pm PDT, which stated that Puracal had been released from prison (Thursday) and had since left Nicaragua for an undisclosed location. Given the way the country treated him for the last two years, who would blame him for making a hasty, if unauthorized exit (I would have dug my way out of Nicaragua with a fork).

Puracal spent

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Political and media pressure lead to appeal for Jason Puracal

As a first generation American I have been witness to the freedoms and possibilities that life in this country guarantee. My parents moved here from Ireland and Canada in search of a cliche: The American Dream. My family’s prosperity is proof of its existence.

Flip that coin over and you will find the unfortunate expatriate, someone caught in the grip of a broken justice system. Far from their home, they have lost the basic freedoms guaranteed to Americans. They can only cling to the hope that the land of their birth has not forgotten them. That is the horrible reality of

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