John in the News
Back home in Olympia, veterans legal advocates are pushing for passage of legislation that would create an Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance within the Attorney General's Office. John Tymczyszyn '12, a Bellevue-based criminal defense attorney and former Navy pilot, said the office would field requests from low-income veterans and match up their cases with volunteer attorneys. A final vote is expected later this spring.
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson's proposal to establish a clearinghouse to connect current and former service members in Washington state to pro bono legal service providers passed the Senate today in an overwhelming, bipartisan 95-0 vote. “We are really thrilled with the passage of this legislation,” said John Tymczyszyn, Legislative Director of the Washington State Veterans Bar Association. “The attorneys, judges and law students of the Washington State Veterans Bar Association stand with the Attorney General and are ready to volunteer our time and expertise to make this legislation a reality.”
Legal issues make it harder for veterans to integrate into civilian society, find employment and enroll in educational opportunities. A recent report on the civil legal needs of Washington's low income community found that military members and veterans experience higher incidents of complex legal problems than the general population.
Rodney Antonson, who pleaded guilty after a 1995 indecent-exposure arrest stemming from a police sting operation targeting men seeking sex with other men, has fallen short in his public quest to obtain a pardon.But the 51-year-old Renton man, who told his story to The Seattle Times last year, has persuaded a judge to dismiss the case. It is tantamount to a “pardon with less fanfare,” said Antonson's Bellevue attorney, John Tymczyszyn.
BOTHELL, Wash. - Eastside attorney John Tymczyszyn was asked if what Cal Pygott did was criminal."Absolutely," said Tymczyszyn. "Filing a false police report is a criminal action." In addition to filing a false police report, "obstructing police, or making false or misleading statements to police are three charges he possibly faces," Tymczyszyn added.
SEATTLE —It took just a few minutes at the Stout bar on Seattle's Capitol Hill to find someone who fits the demographic."I'm 30," said Symon Perriman. "I like to go out. I like to drink but I never drink and drive now." Perriman says he and his friends just book a ride-sharing service."You have an Uber where you can just pick up your phone," said Perriman.
Rodney Antonson's life was turned upside down in August of 1995. The Renton man was approached by another man who offered sex at Lynnwood's Scribner Lake Park. When Antonson accepted and exposed himself, he was arrested. It was entrapment, Antonson's attorney, John Tymczyszyn, argues.
After two decades of hoping people wouldn't find out he exposed himself to an undercover police officer in a Lynnwood park, Rodney Antonson is going public in a big way. The 50-year-old Renton man, who pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of public indecency, is asking for a pardon from Gov. Jay Inslee in a case Antonson's attorney says could have implications for dozens, possibly hundreds, of gay men arrested in police sting operations in the 1990s.
KIRKLAND, Wash. - Twenty-four-year-old Max Purpus Madrid's troubles started last November when he got so intoxicated while celebrating with friends in a room they booked at the Hyatt Hotel, that he was asked to leave. "I remember coming up and seeing the security guards and the police," said Madrid. "And from then, I don't remember much."
As the chairman of the Washington State Veterans Bar Association, I am pleased to announce that our organization endorses Tracy Flood for judge. Unfortunately, after over a decade of war, our service members and veterans have found themselves increasingly involved in the Kitsap County District Court system.
Navy veteran John Tymczyszyn has been named as the 2014 chair of the Washignton State Veterans Bar Association. The Washington State Veterans Bar Association (WSVBA) is the professional association of Veteran attorneys, and law students that serves as a network for its members and a resource for the 650,000 Veterans of Washington State.
AS of Aug. 1, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill has been in effect for four years. Nearly 1 million veterans have spent about $30 billion in federal benefits at universities around the country. Over the next four years even more veterans are expected to participate.