Author: MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press

Judge finds man accused of mailing explosives incompetent

A federal judge ruled Thursday that a Washington state man accused of mailing explosive devices to government agencies in the Washington, D.C., area is not competent to help with his defense and should receive treatment before his case moves forward.

Federal inspectors say patients at risk at state hospital

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducted a surprise inspection at Western State Hospital last month, they found so many glaring health and safety violations that they stripped the facility of its certification and cut its federal funding.

Gun used in veteran's suicide among those confiscated, sold

After a 24-year-old Army veteran killed himself in 2014 using a gun previously confiscated by the Washington State Patrol, his mother told a police detective her son had spent time in a military prison, so he wasn't supposed to have a weapon. 

Lawsuit: Pierce County mistreating mentally in in jails

The American Civil Liberties Union says in a federal lawsuit that Pierce County and the sheriff's office is violating the rights of mentally ill people held in its jail by subjecting them to illegal restraints and isolation.

Trump travel ban personal for young lawyer who led fight

Washington state Solicitor General Noah Purcell has argued before packed courtrooms, but those crowds paled in comparison to the millions who heard him argue against President Donald Trump's travel ban before a federal appeals court.

Federal judge scolds state for treatment of mentally ill

A federal judge blasted the Washington state agency responsible for providing competency services to mentally ill people in jail, saying the agency doesn't appear to understand that these individuals "have constitutional rights that are being violated."