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County judge candidates meet questions from Spokane Bar Association

Four candidates hoping to fill two county judge positions faced Spokane County Bar Association members Friday afternoon at the organization’s first forum of the 2018 election season.


New California internet neutrality law sparks U.S. lawsuit

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved the nation’s strongest net neutrality law, prompting an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over regulating …


Credit freeze free nationwide as of Friday

Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law.


Find an eagle feather? U.S. law says don’t take it. Cuomo did

A federal law prohibits non-Native Americans from possessing bald eagle parts, including feathers. The law has been on the books for nearly 80 years, but most Americans, Cuomo included, probably …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Idaho courts identify an outdated sentencing law that could be helping spur prison growth

As state lawmakers face a pricey proposal for a $500 million prison expansion, Idaho judges have been studying the state’s felony sentencing laws and processes with an eye to reforms.


Republican law limiting labor powers defeated in Missouri

The steady march of new “right-to-work” laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and …


Small number of ‘slowpokes’ cited so far, but police say new law improves safety

Only two Idaho drivers have been cited for driving too slowly in the fast lane since the state’s new “slowpoke” law took effect July 1. Three other drivers got warnings …


College credit for IB program: Students caught in middle of confusion over new Washington law

A new Washington law requires state public colleges to give students college credit for taking certain classes in high school. But lawmakers and colleges are locked in a disagreement over …


Guest Column: Smoking pot and smoking guns

Getting drunk and playing with a gun is a bad idea, as is taking too many pain pills and then deciding to go hunting.


Washington state lawyers, lawmakers praise Justice Anthony Kennedy on retirement

Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna would practice answering questions likely to be posed by the court’s perceived swing votes in his preparations for oral arguments. He and other …


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

After 45 years, Spokane County’s chief civil prosecutor, Jim Emacio, is stepping down

During Jim Emacio’s career as Spokane County’s chief civil prosecuting attorney, he’s provided legal advice to more than 23 commissioners, defended the county in several court cases, helped establish the …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Appellate court upholds dismissal of former Police Chief Frank Straub’s lawsuit against city

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that city officials didn’t wrongfully terminate Frank Straub as chief of police in 2015. Straub’s attorney is …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

Nation’s most restrictive abortion law is challenged in Iowa

Abortion-rights groups said Tuesday that they had filed a lawsuit challenging the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, an Iowa provision that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, …


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 3:53 p.m.

Free-range parenting law eyed around U.S. after Utah gets buzz

After Utah passed the country’s first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps to bolster the idea that supporters …


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Mississippi imposes 15-week abortion ban; nation’s toughest

Mississippi’s governor signed a law Monday banning most abortions after 15 weeks’ gestations, the tightest restrictions in the nation.


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Michigan man cleared of murder now fights for compensation

David Gavitt spent 26 years in prison for the deaths of his wife and two daughters before a prosecutor agreed that the evidence behind his arson conviction was no longer …


Polish law criminalizing some Holocaust speech takes effect

A Polish law that makes it a crime to falsely accuse the Polish nation of crimes committed by Nazi Germany took effect Thursday, part of a wider effort by nationalist …


New Oregon law says motorists can pump their gas – sometimes

An Oregon law passed nearly seven decades ago banned drivers from pumping their own gas but now that’s changing – in some cases. The new year ushered in some modifications …


Olympia gets rid of its anti-panhandling rules following Supreme Court decision

The city of Olympia has removed references to panhandling from its municipal code in response to a Washington state Supreme Court decision that partially invalidated a Lakewood ordinance restricting panhandling.


New Puerto Rico law targets graft, shields whistleblowers

Puerto Rico’s governor has signed a new law aimed at fighting corruption in the U.S. territory amid a deep economic crisis.


New twists, lawsuit in East Spokane pot shop imbroglio

Marco Barbanti, who’s been defending what city lawmakers called a sham arcade as a legitimate business enterprise existing solely to displace an East Spokane pot shop, is defending the owners …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

In society and in law, definition of consent is a gray area

For two months now, as accusations of sexual misconduct have piled up against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced mogul has responded over and over again: “Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

New Florida law expected to increase textbook challenges

A parent in Florida is citing profanity and violence in trying to get the local school to ban Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” – itself a cautionary tale on the banning …


Venezuela assembly passes new law clamping down on media

Venezuela’s all-powerful constitutional assembly passed a wide-reaching law Wednesday that clamps down on social media and broadcasters alike by ordering prison sentences of up to 20 years for anyone who …


Trump signs into law Shaheen, Collins measure on diabetes

President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill authored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Susan Collins of Maine that establishes a national commission of health care …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Appeals court upholds Washington gun background check law

A federal appeals court panel has unanimously rejected a challenge to Washington’s law requiring background checks for gun transfers.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court is asked to block Mississippi LGBT law

Advocates of same-sex marriage are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a new Mississippi law that lets government workers and business people cite their own religious objections to …


New travel ban leads Supreme Court to cancel Oct. 10 hearing

Supreme Court justices on Monday canceled the scheduled Oct. 10 argument in the Trump Administration travel ban case and asked both sides to explain whether the matter has been overtaken …


Federal judge permanently blocks Indiana abortion limits

A federal judge permanently struck down provisions of an Indiana law passed last year that would have banned abortions sought due to fetal genetic abnormalities and required that aborted fetuses …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Washington cyberstalking law on thin ice after hearing

Washington’s law against cyberstalking faces a dubious future after the state Attorney General’s Office declined to defend its constitutionality during a federal court hearing.