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Video Reveals Seattle Attorney 'Keying' Car
Seattle Times ^ | June 23, 2011

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: attornies; law; legal

1 posted on 07/09/2011 4:04:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I just park my old pickup so close they can’t get in. I can get within an inch.


2 posted on 07/09/2011 4:07:31 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: nickcarraway

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.

Sheesh.


3 posted on 07/09/2011 4:07:45 PM PDT by Travis McGee (Castigo Cay is in print and on Kindle.)
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To: nickcarraway

He scratched them because they didn’t have Obama stickers probably


4 posted on 07/09/2011 4:07:48 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


5 posted on 07/09/2011 4:11:56 PM PDT by tflabo ( to have been selected)
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To: Travis McGee
It was the local building security that setup the sting. Kinda, their job to look after the security of the building.

The police only handled the arrest and paperwork, from what I've seen.

6 posted on 07/09/2011 4:26:18 PM PDT by Palter (Celebrate diversity .22, .223, .25, 9mm, .32 .357, 10mm, .44, .45, .500)
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To: GeronL; Chode; JoeProBono

7 posted on 07/09/2011 4:29:35 PM PDT by Morgana (I never said a thing.....................)
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To: irishtenor
"I just park my old pickup so close they can’t get in. I can get within an inch."

All poarking spaces today are designed for little Hondas.

I take as much room as I need.

The Tahoe needs room

8 posted on 07/09/2011 4:42:28 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Morgana

I like them all


9 posted on 07/09/2011 4:44:49 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: nickcarraway

10 posted on 07/09/2011 4:51:50 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate......)
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To: Pontiac

http://www.cafepress.com/+anti-obama+bumper-stickers


11 posted on 07/09/2011 4:56:34 PM PDT by Morgana (I never said a thing.....................)
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To: Mariner

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.


12 posted on 07/09/2011 5:00:45 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: nickcarraway
The court shoulda assessed him for the entire cost of the sting operation, also, payable to the private building security, as it was their operation.
13 posted on 07/09/2011 5:43:10 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: nickcarraway

In Minneapolis this is considered political free expression - as long as one is a Democrat.


14 posted on 07/09/2011 6:19:16 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: Morgana
if this doesn't get yer car keyed... NOTHING will!

15 posted on 07/09/2011 7:07:07 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: nickcarraway
second-degree malicious mischief, a felony

The bar for making a crime a "felony" (or, for that matter, an act a "crime") is way too low, IMHO.

16 posted on 07/09/2011 8:46:15 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Freedom is saying "No!" to the Feds, and getting away with it. "Speak 'NO' to Power!")
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To: Chode

Ah, goatse tribute.... haven’t seen much lately, but that’s a good one.


17 posted on 07/09/2011 10:10:18 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored
yup, wouldn't dare put it on my car...
18 posted on 07/10/2011 6:50:35 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: nickcarraway
John Travolta said it best in Pulp Fiction:


19 posted on 07/10/2011 11:15:34 AM PDT by UnBubba
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To: UnBubba
Ooops:

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO48Vr4KIc8"

20 posted on 07/10/2011 11:20:50 AM PDT by UnBubba
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To: nickcarraway
Parked a little over the line so this clown does thousands of dollars worth of damage to cars, I wish a victim would have caught him and quietly beaten the crap out of him.

Old school justice maybe, but effective.

21 posted on 07/10/2011 11:31:06 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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