Stories tagged: Washington State Supreme Court
Fri., Oct. 22, 2010, 2:12 p.m.
Some question racial comments by 2 Washington justices
Two Washington Supreme Court justices stunned some participants at a recent meeting when they made comments suggesting that racial bias plays no significant role in the criminal justice system, The …
Thu., Oct. 14, 2010, 10:53 a.m.
Court: Tribal cops can detain off reservation
The Washington Supreme Court said today that tribal police can pursue non-Indian drivers suspected of traffic infractions beyond a reservation’s boundaries and detain them until other authorities arrive.
Tue., Oct. 12, 2010
Washington Supreme Court, Position 6 race
Incumbent Justice Richard Sanders beat Bainbridge Island attorney Charlie Wiggins in a three-way primary election. As the top two vote-getters, both candidates advanced to the Nov. 2 general election because …
Thu., Sept. 23, 2010, 10:51 a.m.
Court: WA ban on Internet gambling constitutional
The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the state’s ban on Internet gambling doesn’t run afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s protections of interstate trade.
Sat., Sept. 18, 2010
Deputy’s order to Creach to drop gun was lawful
Although the Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms, state laws passed since then dictate how citizens can legally carry and use weapons. Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker and …
Sat., Aug. 7, 2010
Challengers to Sanders perk up state court ballot
OLYMPIA – Washington state Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders is no stranger to controversy, and his bid to seek a fourth term has led to an unusually spirited campaign that …
Thu., Aug. 5, 2010, 1 p.m.
WA Supreme Court: Rude judge suspended for 5 days
A King County judge who has been compared to TV’s “Judge Judy” should be suspended without pay for five days for being rude to defendants in her courtroom, the state …
Wed., July 28, 2010
Editorial: Sanders’ zeal for justice outshines his vexing ways
Let’s state up front that Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders is exasperating, which is why the race for Position 6 on the Washington state Supreme Court is so interesting. If …
Tue., July 27, 2010
Editorial: Johnson has earned second term on high court
When Justice Charles Smith stepped down from the Washington state Supreme Court six years ago, Jim Johnson ran for the job largely to bring balance to the court, he says. …
Thu., July 1, 2010, 12:54 p.m.
Wash. court tosses 90-day warning for malpractice
The state Supreme Court said Thursday it’s unconstitutional to require 90 days notice before suing a doctor, marking the second time in less than a year the court has rejected …
Wed., March 31, 2010
State Supreme Court disciplines 2 lawyers
One Spokane lawyer has been disbarred and another suspended from practicing law for three years by the Washington State Supreme Court for separate transgressions regarding their clients’ finances.
Tue., March 2, 2010, 3:41 p.m.
Washington changes execution method
Washington state has changed its method of execution from a three-drug cocktail to a one-drug system, according to paperwork filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court.
Fri., Jan. 22, 2010
Washington court disallows medical pot defense
SEATTLE – A doctor’s permission to use medical marijuana doesn’t preclude police from arresting a patient or searching his home, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court upheld …
Thu., Jan. 21, 2010, 11:28 a.m.
Wash. court: Doctor’s pot OK doesn’t preclude search
A doctor’s permission to use medical marijuana doesn’t preclude police from arresting a patient or searching his home, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Mon., Jan. 11, 2010, 11:03 a.m.
New chief justice of Wash. Supreme Court sworn in
The Washington state Supreme Court has a new chief justice. Barbara Madsen was sworn in to the top administrative role on the state’s high court Monday morning.
Wed., Jan. 6, 2010
Spokane case to test state’s termination law
Do Washington laws protect a worker from retaliation if he reports seeing a supervisor under the influence of alcohol or driving while intoxicated? The state Supreme Court will focus on …
Thu., Oct. 1, 2009
Editorial: Age limit for justices could use a review
Three years ago, Chief Justice Gerry Alexander ran for a state Supreme Court term he knew he couldn’t complete, thanks to Washington’s mandatory retirement age for judges. His richly funded …
Thu., Sept. 17, 2009, 11:22 a.m.
Court: Tribal police can pursue beyond reservation
The Washington state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that tribal police can pursue non-Indian motorists outside a reservation if they see a traffic infraction on tribal lands.
Wed., June 24, 2009
Court hears library filter arguments
OLYMPIA – The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether public libraries can refuse to disable their Internet filters for adults who want access to content that has been …
Fri., June 12, 2009
High court suspends lawyer Eugster
OLYMPIA – After a long-running battle over his handling of an elderly widow’s case, Spokane attorney Steve Eugster has narrowly avoided disbarment. The state Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that …
Thu., March 26, 2009
Our View: Justice’s role in records case merits investigation
Washington state Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders often operates in unusual ways. Sometimes that’s good, like during election years when he freely discusses judicial opinions. (Most justices demur.) Sometimes that’s …
Fri., March 13, 2009
Supreme Court stays execution set for today
OLYMPIA – The state Supreme Court stayed the execution of Cal Coburn Brown on Thursday, just hours before he was to die for the murder of a 22-year-old woman. Brown, …
Tue., March 10, 2009
Court denies stay in Brown execution
OLYMPIA – The state Supreme Court won’t stop the execution of Cal Coburn Brown. Brown is set to be executed Friday for the 1991 murder of a 22-year-old Burien woman. …
Fri., March 6, 2009
Court dismisses Brown’s tax-hike fight
OLYMPIA – Declining to wade into a Senate dispute, Washington’s highest court Thursday rejected Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s challenge to an anti-tax ballot measure. The unanimous ruling leaves in …
Thu., March 5, 2009, 12:14 p.m.
Eye on Olympia: High court rejects tax case
The Washington state Supreme Court has just ruled against state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Wash., who filed suit last year to try to overturn a requirement that tax increases …
Thu., Dec. 11, 2008, 12:58 p.m.
Washington high court throws out child killer’s sentence
The Washington state Supreme Court today threw out the unusually long sentence of a notorious Spokane child killer, sending Robert Doney Jr. back to court for resentencing.