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  • Appeals court blames Blixseth for Montana club’s bankruptcy

    A three-judge panel has reversed a lower court’s ruling that reduced the damages owed by a former billionaire real estate mogul in the bankruptcy of a Montana resort for the …

  • Appeals court throws out 7-day competency evaluation order

    A federal appeals court has overturned an order requiring Washington state health officials to provide competency evaluations to mentally ill defendants within seven days of a judge’s order.

  • Police can lie about reason for traffic stop, court rules

    A federal appeals court has ruled it was OK for a Montana Highway Patrol trooper to lie about the reason for a traffic stop made during a 2012 drug sting.

  • Montana Jesus statue case won’t be appealed by anti-religion group

    A statue of Jesus that has spent more than 60 years overlooking a northwestern Montana ski hill is there to stay as an anti-religion group says it will not appeal …

  • Appeals court upholds limit on sharing of tips among workers

    Businesses cannot collect tips given to waiters, casino dealers or other service employees to share with support staff such as dishwashers even if the tipped employees are receiving minimum wage, …

  • Election process for county commissioners called into question

    A federal appeals court said holding primary elections by district and at-large general elections is unconstitutional. That’s the way Spokane and most other Washington counties pick their boards of commissioners.

  • Editorial: Open Idaho’s closed U.S. judge nomination process

    A year ago, Stanley Bastian of Wenatchee was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a federal judgeship after an open, bipartisan nominating process. Contrast that with Idaho, where a secretive …

  • Amazon workers not owed pay for wait in security-check line

    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don’t have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security …

  • Judges demand more facts in Airway Heights prison lighting case

    Keeping an inmate in a special cell at the Airway Heights prison where a light is always on might qualify as cruel and unusual punishment as a prisoner claimed, a …

  • Troopers in Chism case not punished

    The two Washington State Patrol troopers whose botched child pornography investigation cost taxpayers $2.4 million have been transferred off a sex crimes unit but have not faced any discipline for …

  • Duncan’s competence at sentencing to be reconsidered

    Condemned serial killer Joseph E. Duncan is getting another day in court. Duncan, on death row for the torture and slaying of a North Idaho boy he abducted in 2005 …

  • Zehm trial moves to Yakima

    A federal judge Tuesday moved the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima after defense attorneys raised concerns that local media coverage of Thompson’s …

  • Court extends life of military policy on gays

    A federal appeals court today indefinitely extended its freeze on a judge’s order halting enforcement of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

  • Courts rule on state campaign laws

    Federal courts weighed in twice Tuesday on Washington state’s campaign finance laws, saying disclosure laws don’t violate First Amendment protections for free speech and leaving in place a cap on …

  • 9th Circuit upholds Washington campaign finance laws

    A federal appeals court upheld Washington state’s campaign disclosure laws today, saying the requirements don’t violate the First Amendment rights of a group that didn’t want to reveal their donors …

  • Appellate court upholds inmate voting ban

    OLYMPIA – Washington state does not discriminate against minorities by denying prison inmates the right to vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. In an 11-0 ruling …

  • Appeals court turns down prison voting

    OLYMPIA - Inmates in Washington state prisons don’t have a constitutional right to vote in elections, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.

  • Appeals court reverses ELF arson conviction

    An appeals court overturned the conviction of a woman found guilty of helping with a notorious 2001 ecoterror attack that destroyed a university research center, concluding the judge made mistakes …

  • Rapist-killer to be executed Friday as scheduled

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire will not commute the sentence of Cal Brown for the torture, rape and murder of Holly Washa. Brown is scheduled to be executed early Friday …

  • Brown execution set for Friday

    The curtain rose to reveal James Homer Elledge, lying strapped to a gurney under a blue blanket. It was just after midnight on Aug. 28, 2001. Elledge, 58, had only …

  • Appeals court: mud from logging roads is pollution

    A federal appeals court today decided that mud washing off logging roads is pollution and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to write regulations to reduce the amount that reaches salmon …

  • Justices: Names can be released

    OLYMPIA – Round One in the fight over names on initiative petitions goes to Washington state, and to other states like Idaho that have similar laws. The U.S. Supreme Court …

  • High court: Petitioners’ names can be released

    Round One in the fight over names on initiative petitions goes to Washington state, and to other states such as Idaho that have similar laws.

  • Trial in Zehm death postponed to next year

    The federal trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. has a new date: March 7.

  • Federal judges to rehear felony inmate voting case

    A federal appeals court will reconsider a lawsuit that challenges Washington’s ban on felons voting while they’re in prison.

  • Free speech versus kids and violent video games

    The Supreme Court will decide whether free speech rights are more important than helping parents keep violent material away from children.

  • Court: Term too lenient for millenium terrorist

    A federal appeals court said Tuesday a 22-year prison sentence was too lenient for an al-Qaida-trained terrorist convicted of plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year’s Day …

  • Washington felons can’t register to vote yet, judges rule

    Voter registration drives may as well skip the state prisons for now. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put a temporary hold on its order that felons should be …

  • Appeals court backs voting rights for felons

    OLYMPIA – Incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The …

  • Fed judges: Wash. felony inmates should get vote

    Incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.



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