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The defendants were two retired enlisted men, who were prosecuted for carnal knowledge and manslaughter, both offenses having been allegedly committed several years after leaving active service with the Navy. Both pleaded guilty, and were imprisoned in the Washington State Penitentiary. On the day the men were released on parole, the Navy served them with orders, recalling them to active service for the purposes of being court-martialed because of the serious nature of the offense in each case. Additionally, each was given restricted status, the limits of which were defined as their barracks and the mess hall. continue reading »

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that its evaluations show that slag deposits originating from a Canadian smelter are toxic to animal and plant life in the Upper Columbia River. continue reading »

The turn of the century saw Seattle settling down after the chaos of the gold rush. Many of the neighborhoods across the city started to grow, and in order to access the neighborhoods, tramlines were extended out from downtown. One of the first cases for SCB founder George Rummens was defending a streetcar conductor employed by Puget Sound Traction, Light & Power Company. continue reading »

Short Cressman & Burgess celebrated the firm's 100th anniversary last year. To mark the event, the firm did an in-depth study of the firm's history which was shared with clients and friends of the firm during a celebratory event. Founder, and name partner, Paul Cressman was our guest speaker and shared stories of life in law back when it all began. We learned more about our firm and the core position it held, with deep roots and notable heritage, in the Pacific Northwest. continue reading »

Short Cressman congratulates its client, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, and is pleased to share the news of Eastern Washington University's recent honoring of the late Lucy Covington, a Colville Tribal leader. continue reading »