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$7,000 Settlement in False Arrest, §1983 Suit Related to Search for Parolee

$7,000 Settlement in False Arrest, §1983 Suit Related to Search for Parolee

On November 7, 2007, the State of Washington agreed to settle a 42 U.S.C. §1983 suit brought by the parents of a DOC parolee who was harassed by police.

Donald Lee Hoskin and Blanche Jare Hoskin sued after sheriff’s deputies and DOC parole officers visited their home looking for their son, Corey. The police and DOC officers were asked to leave after being told they were trespassing, but neither complied.

Donald Hoskin was eventually arrested after a handgun was discovered on his person; Hoskin had a permit for the weapon. Blanche Hoskin allowed the police and DOC officers to search her home after her husband was placed in handcuffs.

After the search of their home revealed no sign of the Hoskins’ son, the police and DOC finally left. Before leaving, though, a DOC officer allegedly told Blanche Hoskin that they knew Corey Hoskin, Blanche’s son, was in Hawaii.

The Hoskins alleged negligence, false arrest, trespassing and constitutional violations. The state settled for $7,000. The Hoskins were represented by David Vogel of Seattle, Washington.

See: Hoskin v. Larsen, No. 06-2-11253-4 (Sup Ct. Washington-Pierce City).

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