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Thursday, 17 January 2008

Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson, 49, said in an interview that she didn't know the gun was in the bag.
Due to packing and unpacking for a recent trip, Anderson said someone helping her must have put the .22-caliber handgun in the briefcase.
The weapon was inside a camera case inside the briefcase.
Anderson said Wenatchee police overreacted by arresting her for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit rather than simply citing her.
"I told them 'You've got to be kidding me.' ... They basically humiliated me," said Anderson, who said she has a history of conflict with the Police Department. On several occasions she has criticized police conduct in investigations involving her clients and herself.
She was cited for obstructing a police officer during an on-scene investigation five years ago — an incident she says police trumped up.
Anderson says the arrest was payback "because I am aggressive and I am not connected to the 'good old boy' system in this town." She continued: "I don't play their games. I don't roll over."
Wenatchee police Sgt. Cherie Smith said Anderson was treated the same as anyone else.
"Like anyone who brings a gun to the courthouse, we consider that a serious offense so we arrested her," Smith said.
Anderson said she started carrying a gun in early December after receiving threats


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