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Wed., July 25, 2007, 5:45 p.m.

State Supreme Court is doing its part to combat the summer news lull…

The state Supremes are slated to release two rulings tomorrow morning. One is a major case, the other is just bizarre.

Major one first: Madison v. State: This is a challenge to Washington's now-suspended policy of denying the right to vote to felons who've served their time but still owe court-imposed fines or fees. For some impoverished citizens, the interest on these fees makes it highly unlikely they'll ever vote again.

And now for the bizarre: Woo v. Fireman's Fund Insurance. Comes now before the high court the peculiar tale of a practical joke gone awry. Dr. Robert Woo is an Auburn dentist who apparently...well, I'll defer to the expert summary by Risk & Insurance blogger Matthew Brodsky, who in 2005 wrote what has to be one of the most unusual sentences ever to grace that publication:

Placing prosthetic boar tusks into a sedated employee's mouth, taking photographs, and then showing the pictures to the employee once she regained consciousness are not acts covered by an oral surgeon's liability insurance, a state appeals court has ruled.

The rulings will be here in the morning. Hit refresh often.

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