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Officer Involved Shooting Rekindles Questions About Inquests

July 6, 2017
Amy Radil

PDA attorney Corey Guilmette represented the family of Che Taylor at a recent inquest. Taylor was killed in an encounter with Seattle police last year. Guilmette wants inquests to consider broader questions. “I think a lot of people think an inquest is to determine whether a shooting was justified or whether a killing was justified, and it really does not do that and cannot do that,” he said. Guilmette said another frustration he had was there is no right to appeal a judge’s limitations, and no way to challenge an officer’s statement if lawyers believe it’s incorrect. “We can’t do anything about it. There is no opening statement, there are no closing statements, we can’t call another witness to rebut what they said. So it just stands,” he said.

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