IT'S BEEN ALMOST FIVE YEARS SINCE SPOKANE WAS SHOCKED
BY THE NEWS THAT A MENTALLY ILL KILLER WALKED AWAY
FROM A FIELD TRIP AT THE INTERSTATE FAIRGROUNDS.
PHILLIP PAUL BECAME THE FOCUS OF A STATEWIDE MANHUNT.
WHILE ANGRY PARENTS WONDERED WHY THEIR KIDS WERE SHARING
THE FAIR WITH SOMEONE WHO A JUDGE DECIDED WAS CRIMINALLY
THE SECURITY LAPSE LED TO RESIGNATIONS, NEW STATE
LAWS AND A LOCKDOWN AT EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL.
BUT NOW, THE CHANGES PUT INTO PLACE TO KEEP MENTAL
HEALTH PATIENTS AWAY FROM PUBLIC SETTINGS ARE BEING
CHALLENGED IN FEDERAL COURT.
IF YOU THINK CLAIMING TO BE MENTALLY ILL IS A CLEVER
WAY FOR CRIMINALS TO DODGE A CONVICTION AND AVOID
KETEMA ROSS WILL TELL YOU OTHERWISE.
THE FORMER YALE LAW STUDENT'S BEEN LOCKED UP YEARS
LONGER THAN HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ...IF HE HAD JUST PLED
GUILTY IN CRIMINAL COURT.
NO ONE SEEMED TO KNOW ABOUT IT.
BUT WHEN WE USED TO GO TO THE FAIR.
ENJOYING THE COTTON CANDY AND CARNIVAL RIDES WITH
PATIENTS FROM EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL WERE RIGHT THERE
9/22/2009 CRIME CHECK 0000crime check what are
i'm reporting a patient went U.L., unauthorized leave
from the state fair
PHILLIP PAUL'S ESCAPE AND THE FACT THAT NO ONE REPORTED
HIM MISSING FOR TWO HOURS...MADE NATIONAL HEADLINES
AND INFURIATED LOCAL LEADERS .
09/17/2009 NUTS AND BOLTS RICH HARTZELL/ FAIR DIRECTOR
- I just don't understand how this all could happen,
I'm bewildered of the whole situation.
OZZIE KNEZOVICH it is very frustrating and very surprising
we weren't put on notice IMMEDIATLY!
PAUL WAS CAUGHT NEAR YAKIMA AFTER A THREE DAY MANHUNT.
NO BODY GOT HURT BUT NO BODY WAS HAPPY ABOUT PAUL'S
i will be asking the state legislature, the governor
and the secretary dshs to help us change come laws
so this does not happen again.
SHERIFF OZZIE KNEZOVICH GOT HIS WISH THE VERY NEXT
YEAR WHEN THE LEGISLATURE BANNED ANY PATIENT FROM
LEAVING EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL FOR REINTERGRATION
TRIPS INTO THE COMMUNITY WITHOUT A COURT ORDER.
KETEMA ROSS/ EASTERN STATE PATIENT02;53 both laws
have taken away the clinician's ability to treat us
effectively and when i say treat us i mean give us
hope for recovery 03;01
KETEMA ROSS HAS BEEN AT A PATIENT AT EASTERN'S FORENSIC
UNIT SINCE 2007 WHEN HE WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY BY REASON
THE 36 YEAR OLD BEAT HIS ELDERLY NEIGHBORS IN THIS
PULLMAN APARTMENT COMPLEX WITH A BROOM HANDLE BECAUSE
VOICES IN HIS HEAD TOLD HIM THE COUPLE WAS A THREAT
TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY.
55;46 there's nothing that i can say that will make
that better.nothing i can say that will take back
the damage i did to their minds.
to their bodies, to their emotional state 55;54, there's
nothing i can do to change that 55;57
ROSS ALREADY HAD TWO YEARS OF TREATMENT UNDER HIS
BELT AND HAD EARNED THE RIGHT TO WALK AROUND EASTERN'S
GROUNDS WITH AN ESCORT WHEN PAUL ESCAPED FROM THE
NATS LOCKING DOOR
SUDDENLY, ROSS WAS LOCKED INSIDE AGAIN AND SINCE THAT
TIME EASTERN'S PATIENTS HAVE LOST EVEN MORE OF THEIR
06;02 we've lost everything from our shoelaces to
our musical equipment to our human rights and our
dignity and our belief in this hospital and ourselves.
FORENSIC PATIENTS HAVE LOST MORE THAN CREATURE COMFORTS.
GONE IS THE CHANCE TO BE REINTEGRATED INTO SOCIETY
AS PART OF THEIR TREATMENT.
10;08 going to a spaghetti feed or going out for a
drive in the countryside or going to mcdonalds and
having a burger 10;15
ROSS AND HIS ATTORNEY SAY THOSE OUTLAWED FIELD TRIPS
DID MORE THAN JUST GIVE PATIENT'S HOPE.
REINTEGRATION REPRESENTS THE PUBLIC'S BEST CHANCE
OF GAUGING WHEN AND HOW PEOPLE LIKE ROSS ARE READY
TO BE RELEASED.
ANDREW BIVIANO/ATTORNEY 17;41 and allow them to reintegrate
in a responsible way with supervision from the staff,
with doctors to be able to see how they're doing so
when they are brought back into society that we know
from experience that they're ready 17;53
AND THAT'S WHY BIVIANO AND A GROUP CALLED DISABILITY
RIGHTS WASHINGTON HAVE FILED THIS LAW SUIT IN FEDERAL
02;02 what i want to see is every patient at eastern
and western state hospital have the rights that were
taken from them prior to the walk away reinstated.
ROSS AND HIS FELLOW PLAINTIFF'S THINK THE LEGISLATURE
OVERREACTED TO PAUL'S ESCAPE FROM THE FAIRGROUNDS.
EVEN JOHN HINKLEY JR, THE MAN WHO SHOT PRESIDENT REAGAN
AND TWO OTHERS CAN NOW SPEND UP TO 17 DAYS AWAY FROM
HIS MENTAL HOSPITAL EVERY MONTH.
ANDREW BIVIANO/ATTORNEY16;14 yes, one incident happened.
but look at the cause look at how much the pendulum
has swung too far the other way and they ask a court
to review this 16;21
OFFICIALS AT EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL SAY THEY ARE FOLLOWING
BOTH FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS REGARDING PATIENT CARE.
AND IN THIS STATMENT WROTE..
WE ARE DEDICATED TO OUR ROLE OF TREATING THE MENTALLY
ILL, WITHOUT REGARD TO THEIR VIOLENT PAST, BUT WE
ALSO TAKE SERIOUSLY OUR ROLE OF KEEPING THE PUBLIC
WE LOOK AT OUR POLICIES PERIODICALLY TO SEE THAT THE
BALANCE OF THESE TWO ROLES IS CORRECT.
IRONICLY IT WOULD TAKE A COURT ORDER JUST FOR ROSS
TO BE IN COURT TO ARGUE HIS CASE.
WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.