UPDATE: We've just been informed that the inquest jury has reached its conclusions. They're finished deliberating on the questions posed to them and will announce their findings shortly. I'll post more as soon as the court reconvenes.
The eight-member jury tasked with answering questions about the death of John T. Williams—questions like, “Did John T. Williams have sufficient time to put the knife down after Officer Birk's order?” convened at 8:30 a.m. this morning to continue a review of the evidence and testimony surrounding Williams’ death, after deliberating for roughly five hours yesterday.
Which means I’m here again. Waiting. And I’m not alone—there’s a small herd of teevee and other news media surrounding me, along with Williams’ family members and supporters. A while ago, a poodle of a man told me that I’d never have a career in teevee news. “Thank you,” I said.
I’m here until the bitter end and the bitterness heightens with each passing hour because only Jesus “Ginsu” Christ knows when the jury will finish answering their questions—and He’s being withholding. So let’s focus on what happens after the jury finishes its deliberations, shall we?
After the inquest, all eyes turn to King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, who’s ultimately responsible for deciding whether or not to press criminal charges (murder or manslaughter charges, for example) against Officer Ian Birk. Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for Satterberg, says that the prosecuting attorney doesn’t have a time line for making this decision. “He’ll take as long as he needs to review all of the facts,” Donohoe says.
The Williams family can, and probably will, press civil charges against Birk (I’d bet my long and storied news career on it). However, it’s better for their case to wait to see what Satterberg decides. A criminal trial would only strengthen their civil suit. So, after the inquest, it's Satterberg's move.