Seattle’s New Theory of Crime


Attorney General William Barr pronounced Seattle an “anarchist jurisdiction” recently, and its progressive political rulers seem determined to prove his point. When rioters took over several downtown blocks this summer, Mayor Jenny Durkan proclaimed a “summer of love.” Now Councilwoman Lisa Herbold is preparing to introduce a bill that would give some residents a legal pass to commit misdemeanors.

Under Ms. Herbold’s novel theory of affirmative defense, criminals could claim they committed misdemeanors under “duress” because…



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