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$6,000 Settlement in Illegal Arrest of Washington State Probationer

The State of Washington paid $6,000 to settle a wrongful imprisonment claim.

The claim involved the probation violation arrest of Kenneth Butler. When he reported to the community corrections office on January 23, 2008, as required, he was advised that his probation officer, Andrea Maldonado, wanted him to check in using the kiosk. After doing as instructed, the kiosk printed a receipt advising that Butler was to again report in on February 6, 2008.

Alleging he violated the terms of his probation for not reporting, Maldonado issued a warrant for Butler’s arrest on January 30, 2008. Butler was arrested on February 5, 2008, and taken to the Snohomish County Jail. He remained there until a February 19, 2008 DOC hearing that found he was not guilty of violating his release terms.

Represented by Seattle attorney Daniel R. Whitmore, Butler filed a standard tort claim with the Risk Management Di-vision in April 2008. On May 12, 2008, the matter was settled for $6,000. See: In re Butler, Washington State Division of Risk Management, Claim No. 31063440.

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In re Butler

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