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Inslee picks Mary Yu for Washington Supreme Court

OLYMPIA – In his first appointment to the state Supreme Court, Gov. Jay Inslee replaced the high court’s most conservative member with its first Asian-American, first Latina and first openly gay member. Inslee named King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu to the seat vacated by Justice Jim Johnson, who is stepping down in the middle of his term for health reasons. Yu, 56, will have to run to retain the seat in this year’s election.

Records dispute before high court

OLYMPIA – When a neighborhood group in 2006 demanded records about alleged nepotism in Spokane County, county officials said they checked employees’ current computers. But they didn’t check the hard drives of computers that had recently been switched out. They said a document didn’t exist when it did, on an old hard drive.

Spokane County public records case goes to high court

OLYMPIA – When a neighborhood group in 2006 demanded records about alleged nepotism in Spokane County, county officials said they checked employees’ current computers. But they didn’t check the hard drives of computers that had recently been switched out. They said a document didn’t exist when it did, on an old hard drive. So did they violate the state Public Records Act? And, if so, how much of a penalty should they pay?

Ads attack conservative state justice

OLYMPIA – Liberal advocacy groups have ramped up their bid to oust state Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson, the high court’s most conservative member. Johnson faces Tacoma attorney Stan Rumbaugh in the Aug. 17 primary.

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. That’s the same reason Tacoma attorney Stan Rumbaugh now gives for challenging Johnson in his first bid for re-election.

Online gamblers argue for new deal

OLYMPIA – Is Internet poker just a 21st-century twist on the friendly game played around a kitchen table or “the crack cocaine of gambling”? That’s the question the Washington Supreme Court was asked to decide Thursday. Online gambling is illegal in Washington, and should remain that way, Assistant Attorney General Jerry Ackerman said, because it can’t be regulated and monitored like casino gambling. Internet sites can’t prevent minors from playing, or cut off compulsive gamblers, he said.

Washington justices dealt online poker question

OLYMPIA – Is Internet poker just a 21st Century twist on the friendly game played around a kitchen table or “the crack cocaine of gambling”? That’s the question the Washington Supreme Court was asked to decide today.

Medical Lake may cede land to youth ranch

The Medical Lake City Council may agree to vacate a small portion of land at Stanley and Percival streets to the Jensen Memorial Youth Ranch, if the city doesn’t have any franchise agreements with Avista for the power line on that land. Jim Johnson, a board member of the ranch, said the nonprofit organization would like to remodel and expand the existing building, which used to be a Masonic Lodge, to make a community center. Because the organization will have to maintain the landscaping and parking lot, it would be more convenient for the organization to have the land.