Prosecutors won't bring charges for 'raucous' bar association party
Prosecutors in Washington state won’t file any charges in connection with a party last month sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.
The Kitsap Sun (sub. req.) described the lawyer gathering in Olalla as a “raucous party” that included a bonfire that violated a burn ban. An investigating deputy at the scene endured insults from one lawyer, according to the story, which is summarized by the Associated Press. The lawyer also threatened to lock the gate on the property to prevent the deputy from leaving, according to the newspaper account.
The Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office said it would not bring charges for violation of the burn ban because the property owner wasn’t present.
Prosecutors also said they would not charge the lawyer who hurled insults at the deputy because they would have to prove the statements weren’t made in jest. The Constitution “allows people to be obnoxious,” said deputy prosecutor Chad Enright.