- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - The Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office says it won’t file any charges after a group of Pierce County lawyers held a raucous party last month.

The Kitsap Sun reports (https://is.gd/I7l4jx ) that the party in Olalla on Aug. 15 was a gathering of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association billed as LawyerPalooza. It included a band and a bonfire, in violation of a burn ban.

Authorities said that when a deputy arrived, there were about 70 people. One lawyer prevented another partygoer from extinguishing the fire, then called the deputy vulgar names and threatened to lock the gate to the property, locking in the deputy.

Prosecutors said the property owner wasn’t there, so they didn’t file the burn ban charge. As for intimidating a public servant, they said they would have had to prove the statements were not made in jest. Deputy prosecutor Chad Enright noted that the Constitution “allows people to be obnoxious.”

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, https://www.kitsapsun.com/

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