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Witness' dubious history puts a 16-year-old murder conviction in doubt
Witness' dubious history puts a 16-year-old murder conviction in doubt

June Patti had a hunger to be heard. A large woman with scarlet-dyed hair and a loud, raspy voice, Patti was a known drug addict who presented herself as a paralegal. Raised in the Redondo Beach area, she moved to northwest Washington state in the 1990s and soon became a local fixture, quick to phone law enforcement. One year she called 800 times, recalled Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt. For a decade, Patti was involved in more than 2,000 police calls or cases in the county. She was accused of theft, trespassing, fraud and harassment in some, but many incidents involved her complaints and tips about other people. The Skagit County public defender's office even kept a...

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