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Facebook Live video spurs hate crime charges against woman after 'Spanish privilege' rant

Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times on

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Jailed since Dec. 3, Jametski -- who also goes by the name Sandra Huddleson -- is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The unusually high amount is based, in part, on Jametski's criminal history that includes convictions for second-degree assault and driving under the influence, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mike Hogan.

But the high bail was also warranted because Jametski's actions amounted to "an attack on the entire Latino community," said Hogan, who has been prosecuting hate crimes for 30 years.

Jametski pleaded not guilty to the malicious-harassment charge at her arraignment Dec. 15.

During the hearing, defense attorney Gordon Hill argued that she should face a misdemeanor harassment charge because he said comments about immigration status and deportation don't fall into a protected category under state law. He also asked that her bail be reduced.

However, after some of Jametski's alleged comments were read aloud in court, King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector told Hill she disagreed that Jametski should face a misdemeanor charge instead of a felony. Spector also denied his motion to reduce Jametski's bail.

Outside the courtroom, Hill declined to comment further about the case.

Hogan said the case against Jametski is unusual for a couple of reasons.

The first is that the defendant herself is accused of posting critical evidence on Facebook -- and without the video, it's unlikely she would have been reported, let alone charged with a crime.

The second is that the alleged victim is Hispanic, a group that tends to underreport instances of malicious harassment to police. Hogan said that may be due to fears that contacting police could lead to deportation or questions about immigration status.

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