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Ban on safe injection sites won’t be on King County ballot after state Supreme Court ruling

King County voters will not be deciding whether to ban safe injection sites after the state Supreme Court ruled that such an initiative tramples on the legislative authority of King …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court upholds conviction in guard’s death

The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction of a Byron Eugene Scherf in the murder of corrections officer Jayme Biendl in 2011. Scherf had been serving life without …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court upholds most of charter school law

Charter schools are mostly constitutional in Washington, a divided state Supreme Court said Thursday, and one problem area that a majority of the court found can be split from the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 10:50 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court rules sentencing youth to life without parole is unconstitutional

A split Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sentencing juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole is unconstitutional.


Death penalty ruling anguishes Spokane Valley mother who lost daughter in 1996 attacks

Sherry Shaver felt some solace on the day in 1997 when a jury recommended capital punishment for the man who killed her daughter in Spokane Valley. But the ensuing 20 …


Social worker who served Yates’ victims supports end of death penalty

Before investigators learned the name of Spokane serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr., fear gripped the women who worked as prostitutes on East Sprague Avenue.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court candidates Nathan Choi, Steve Gonzalez debate Kavanaugh, campaign finance

In their first public forum for Washington Supreme Court – a forum that at times delved into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh – Justice …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Steve Gonzalez faces Nathan Choi in Washington Supreme Court re-election bid

This year’s campaigns for seats on Washington state Supreme Court have shaped up to be relatively tame affairs.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Man who represented himself doesn’t deserve new trial after he lost, court says

A defendant who demanded to represent himself in a drug trial can’t get his conviction overturned because the judge agreed to let him, Supreme Court says.


Second Amendment group asks court to block gun initiative from the ballot

A pro-gun nonprofit based in Bellevue has asked Washington’s Supreme Court to block an initiative that would implement a new slate of gun restrictions from reaching the November ballot, arguing …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Will voters have 1, 2 or no “deadly force” measure on November ballot?

Washington Supreme Court to decide whether an initiative on the police use of deadly force must go on the November ballot by itself, with an alternative version, or not at …


Spin Control: Ruling puts judicial candidate ‘Zamboni’ John on ice

Judicial races are usually pretty ho-hum, but “Zamboni” John Scannell introduced some controversy into a Supreme Court race, albeit briefly.


Spin Control: Enough credit and blame to go around on McCleary

With the McCleary case over, Democrats and Republicans differ on who gets credit or blame.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 10:59 a.m.

Legislature met its duty on public schools, Supreme Court says

Washington Supreme Court says Legislature has complied with orders to meet a constitutional duty to provide for better schools.


Supreme Court to review deadly force initiative

The Washington Supreme Court sets hearing on whether voters should vote on an initiative that would change state laws on police use of deadly force.


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: Tue., May 29, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court to decide legislative records case

The state Supreme Court will decide whether Washington state’s voter-approved Public Records Act applies to state lawmakers.


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

Charter Schools Round 2: Court questions oversight, teacher pay

The Washington Supreme Court raised questions about the commission that governs charter schools and the way the teachers are paid.


Farmworkers entitled to minimum wage for some tasks, high court says

Washington Supreme Court says farmworkers have the right to minimum wage for tasks not related to picking.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

Lawmakers to court: We did what you ordered on school reforms

Committee says the Legislature has complied with state Supreme Court order to meet its duty and give adequate financial support to public schools.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

West Valley kids get civility lesson from Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens

About 90 students from the West Valley School District got a lesson in civility Friday from one of the district’s standout alumni: Justice Debra Stephens of the Washington Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Supreme Court rejects city’s tax exemptions for 2014 street tax

City of Spokane loses its fight to offer a special exemption to seniors and the disabled on property taxes to fix the streets.


Guest Opinion: Neal Kirby: Equity problems remain after court’s school ruling

The court didn’t rule on the equity issues. The McCleary court case only deals with the “ample provision” clause.


Editorial: Lawmakers earned incomplete on school funding

The court rejected the state’s argument that the final step couldn’t be taken all of a sudden, correctly noting that the state was solely responsible for this urgency.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court rules that Legislature not yet done on reforming public schools

State Supreme Court tells Legislature it won’t settle for “close enough” on school reforms.


Guest Opinion: Neal Kirby: New levy laws unfair to rural schools

The local levies the richest districts can collect each year is 66 percent more per student than what the poorest districts can collect.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 5:10 p.m.

Child porn conviction upheld in youth sexting case

A Spokane youth who texted a picture of his genitals to a woman can be convicted under the state laws against child pornography even though he is the child involved, …


Lawmakers didn’t finish job on school reform, lawyer argues

Attorneys challenge the state’s claim that Legislature has met its obligation to improve public education.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

Seattle gun tax is valid, high court says

Washington Supreme Court upholds Seattle tax on guns and ammunition.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

Washington lawmakers to court: Promise kept on education

A special committee says the Legislature has fulfilled its promise to enact school reforms. Not so fast, says an attorney for families who successfully sued the state over inadequate support …