Washington State Files Appeal for Inmate Legal Fees

Washington State will appeal the order from a federal judge to pay the litigation costs and legal fees for a group of inmates.
The order states the inmates are to be paid $1.3 million as damages for time spent in jail without mental competency exams or services.
U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ordered an injunction in April requiring that the inmates receive the court-ordered exams and other services within seven days.
Washington state law requires mental competency evaluations to be performed within seven days on defendants who have been charged with a crime.
Pechman found in late last year that the state had violated the due process rights of some pre-trial criminal defendants suspected of suffering mental illness.
On Tuesday State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a notice of appeal with in the 9th Circuit.



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