*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM MONDAY ***
+ The Olympian: Large caseloads and backlogs are stressing staff and delaying justice, prosecuting attorney says – If all new cases stopped, it still would take the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office close to a year to address their backlog, Jon Tunheim said.
+ The Chronicle [Centralia]: With Help From Business Leaders, Tenino Recovers Suspected Historic Tono Coal Carts
+ VoteWA: Yelm School Board candidate Juan S. Casiblanco withdrew, leaving both school board director posts uncontested. [Ed. note: This is very sad!]
+ Associated Press: Amtrak restores service on routes following COVID cutbacks – including Olympia daily frequencies on the Coast Starlight, plus additional frequencies on Amtrak Cascades.
*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM MONDAY ***
The Washington Post: It is painful to remember George Floyd’s murder. But forgetting would be a sin.
U.S. prominent law professors: Letter to Congressional Leaders on Constituionality of Statehood for Washington D.C. May 22 2021
Associated Press: US warns against all travel to Japan as Olympics loom
*** TRUMP NEWS FROM MONDAY ***
MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber: ‘Trifecta of trouble for Trump’: 3 witnesses drop ‘significant criminal exposure’ bomb – Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, Melania Trump’s former advisor Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, and the daughter-in-law of the Trump Organization’s CFO Jennifer Weisselberg provide an inside look into the ongoing criminal probe into the Trump Organization and the inner-workings of the company.
Business Insider: 4 years after a man’s rushed execution, new tests find someone else’s DNA on the murder weapon – Supreme Court Trump-appointee Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding vote with his first recorded vote as a justice on the high court. The Court voted 5-4 to allow an Arkansas execution as the state’s lethal injection drugs were set to expire, even though the defendant’s attorney was seeking DNA testing of the murder weapon.