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Washington justice to feds: Keep immigration agents away

The chief justice of the Washington state Supreme Court on Wednesday urged the Department of Homeland Security to keep immigration agents away from courthouses, saying it’s “deeply troubling” that lawyers and judges have reported seeing more of them recently.

A legacy of caring

Thirty-five years ago, Hospice of Spokane helped its first dying person. Monday evening, three of the five original founders gathered to reminisce. Over dinner at the home of Gina Drummond, Hospice’s chief executive officer, Barb Savage, Johnny Cox, Marj Humphrey, along with Hospice’s first clinical director, Barb Cox, looked back three decades.

Terminal cancer can’t shake Supreme Court Justice’s spirit

Mary Fairhurst, a Washington state Supreme Court Justice with deep Spokane roots, is living with terminal colon cancer. It could take her life in six months or a year – or in 10 years and beyond. She’s hoping for the 10-plus plan. Fairhurst hasn’t missed any courtroom work because of her cancer treatments (two rounds of chemo and radiation). Her cancer was first diagnosed in December 2008 and spread to her right lung in March 2010.

Justice Fairhurst battling lung cancer with radiation

OLYMPIA – Washington state Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst is being treated for lung cancer. She has been going to a radiation clinic every day for the past seven weeks and uses the time “to meditate and just be calm and imagine myself being healed,” she told KING-TV.

McKenna’s role in health care suit challenged

OLYMPIA – Washington state has entered both sides of a federal lawsuit challenging health care reform, and Thursday the state Supreme Court tried to figure out who had the authority to jump into the fray. The city of Seattle is suing Attorney General Rob McKenna, saying he overstepped his constitutional authority by joining a federal case in Florida against some aspects of health care reform, and wasn’t representing the interests of the taxpayers.

Ruling upholds online sex sting

The Washington Supreme Court, in a three-way opinion, has upheld the conviction of a man who tried to have sex with a 13-year-old girl he’d met online who really was a Spokane police detective. All justices agreed with the ruling that upheld the attempted second-degree child rape conviction against Mitel H. Patel, rejecting the man’s claim that the case should be thrown out because there was no actual underage victim. Two sets of judges that agreed with the overall ruling but disagreed with the majority opinion submitted separate concurring opinions.

Fairhurst holds court before eighth-graders

Eighth-grade students at Bowdish Middle School received a lesson in how the court system works last week when Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst visited their school. Fairhurst explained how she decided to go into the law as a career – she went to college at Gonzaga University and everyone told her she should be a lawyer. She said she was good at talking and good at arguing, standing up for things she didn’t think were right.