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UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 7 a.m.

Spokane union leaders criticize Supreme Court decision, but say their groups will move forward

Public employees who object to paying union fees cannot be forced to do so, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a 5-4 decision.


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Trump travel ban constitutional, divided court says; AG Ferguson files new immigration suit

U.S. Supreme Court upholds latest version of President Trump’s travel ban.


State must replace hundreds more culverts to save salmon

U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a decision that put Washington on the hook for replacing hundreds of culverts in an effort to save salmon while refusing to order federal government …


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Cake v. Flowers: Supreme Court ruling may not apply in Washington case

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that said a Colorado baker didn’t have to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding has some differences with a Washington case involving flowers for …


UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 5:38 p.m.

Expanded sports betting fuels fears about gambling addiction

For sports leagues and gambling industries, the imminent expansion of legalized sports betting promises a bonanza. For the experts and organizations already concerned about pervasive problem gambling, it promises a …


Poll: Half of Americans approve of legal sports betting

A new poll finds half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 11:44 a.m.

U.S. Supreme Court asked to review Yakama tribe’s gas tax exemption

The U.S. Solicitor General has recommended that the nation’s highest court consider whether Yakama tribal members are exempt from state gas taxes on the reservation.


Court ruling on sports betting doesn’t cancel Washington law

U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down federal law on sports betting not likely to bring that level of gambling to Washington soon.


Jay Ambrose: The right not to design a cake

Whatever ideologically driven legalese says, Jack Philips was discriminating against no one. He was not getting in the way of gay marriage.


Potential death penalty for Renfro may trigger decades of costly appeals

If a jury decides this week that Jonathan D. Renfro should receive the death penalty for killing Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore, many of the jurors will never see …


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 …


Outside View: Culvert ruling needs legal clarification

If the ruling is allowed to stand, it would expand tribal authority to an unreasonable extent.


Trump needs to finish vetting visitors, refugees

The bottom line is that Americans were told by their president five months ago that their lives were in danger because terrorists might slip through a flawed vetting system.


Vickie L. Raines: State shirking duty to finance indigent public defense

It is time for the state of Washington to step up to the responsibility the U.S. Supreme Court gave it and fund counties for this service.


Froma Harrop: Centrist coalition could save U.S. from Trumpism

Do Democrats want to add to the growing pile of litter being thrown onto our political norms?


Supreme Court leaves $1B NFL concussion settlement in place

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected challenges to the estimated $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players, clearing the way for …


U.S. Supreme Court rejects Clark Elmore’s death penalty appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the death penalty appeal of Clark Elmore, who was convicted in 1995 of raping and killing his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter in …


Supreme Court cases of note coming up in new term

Some noteworthy cases the Supreme Court will hear in its new term that begins Monday: Church-state separation: A Missouri church is challenging its exclusion from a state program that reimburses …


Supreme Court in holding pattern, awaiting ninth justice

The Supreme Court is set to begin its new term as it ended the last one, down one justice and ideologically deadlocked on a range of issues. The absence of …


Supreme Court upholds use of affirmative action at universities

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the limited use of affirmative action by colleges and universities seeking to enroll more minority students.


Supreme Court’s tie vote halts Obama immigration plan

The Supreme Court deadlocked Thursday on President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation, effectively killing the plan for the rest …


Justices rule against VA in disabled vets contract dispute

The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to comply with a law aimed at increasing the number of federal contracts awarded to small businesses owned by disabled veterans, a unanimous Supreme …


Tribes celebrate Supreme Court win in violence against women case

Quinault Indian Nation officials are celebrating a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that will make things tougher on men who are habitually violent against women.


Doug Clark: Former prosecutor Don Brockett takes on the U.S. Supreme Court in his new book

Former Spokane County prosecutor Don Brockett can now add “author” to his long and impressive resume.


Garland could get Senate hearing if pressure mounts, Murray says

Pressure from voters back home might remove the barrier Republican leaders have placed on hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, Sen. Patty Murray said.


Supreme Court denies Duncan appeal in 2005 kidnapping, murder of Dylan Groene

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that convicted killer Joseph Duncan was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence for killing three …


Mourners pay respects to late Justice Antonin Scalia

The latest on ceremonies at the Supreme Court paying tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia, who was found dead last Saturday.


In victory or dissent, Antonin Scalia was a man of strong opinions

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia kept your attention, whether you liked him or not.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, 4:58 p.m.

Reaction to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death

Influential conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in West Texas, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Saturday. He was 79. Reaction to his death follows:


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, 4:35 p.m.

Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

WASHINGTON – Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79. The U.S. Marshal’s Service in Washington confirmed Scalia’s death at …