Skip to comments.Video Reveals Seattle Attorney 'Keying' Car
Posted on 07/09/2011 4:04:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
t took only 10 seconds for attorney Ronald Clarke Mattson to circle a "bait car" and scratch the vehicle with his keys, according to a surveillance video released Thursday by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
It took only 10 seconds for attorney Ronald Clarke Mattson to circle a "bait car" and scratch the vehicle with his keys, according to a surveillance video released Thursday by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
Earlier this month, Mattson, a lawyer since 1972, admitted he scratched three vehicles with his keys in the Columbia Center parking garage because he didn't like the way they were parked. He was given a one-year suspended sentence and was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service after pleading guilty to attempted second-degree malicious mischief, a gross misdemeanor.
Because Mattson, 63, took responsibility for his actions, paid nearly $10,000 in restitution, took anger-management courses and had no previous criminal history, the charge was reduced from second-degree malicious mischief, a felony, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mary Barbosa said at the time.
Mattson's attorney, Matthew Honeywell, said he is under the impression "there is an investigation pending" by the Washington State Bar Association into Mattson's conduct. "He will cooperate with the investigation," said Honeywell, who declined further comment.
Mattson was caught on camera by Columbia Center security staff during a sting operation after two people reported their vehicles had been vandalized on March 9 and 11, according to charging documents.
In both incidents, the vehicles had been parked over the designated parking-space lines. In addition to the damage, insulting notes were left on the windshields criticizing the drivers. One driver was called a "dweeb" and the other an "idiot," according to the documents.
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I just park my old pickup so close they can’t get in. I can get within an inch.
Having solved all of the other crime problems in Seattle, the police have lots of free time to park “bait cars” over the lines of parking spaces.
He scratched them because they didn’t have Obama stickers probably
Got the perfect job for him. Let’s see: Democrat, check. Lawyer, check. Scumbag, check. OK, he’s hired. Congratulations citizens: meet your newly minted Democrat politician.
The police only handled the arrest and paperwork, from what I've seen.
All poarking spaces today are designed for little Hondas.
I take as much room as I need.
The Tahoe needs room
I like them all
Agreed, but when the encroach over the line to “prevent” their prescious little car from being scratched, that is when I crowd as close as I can and stay within my lines.
In Minneapolis this is considered political free expression - as long as one is a Democrat.
The bar for making a crime a "felony" (or, for that matter, an act a "crime") is way too low, IMHO.
Ah, goatse tribute.... haven’t seen much lately, but that’s a good one.
Old school justice maybe, but effective.
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