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Law governing adoptions of Native American children is upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children

Idaho Court of Appeals justice Sergio Gutierrez to retire at end of year

Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Sergio Gutierrez, the state’s first and only Latino judge, will retire at the end of this year.

U.S. appeals court denies stay of transgender military ban

A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia on Friday refused the Trump administration’s request to put a hold on a requirement that it allow transgender people to enlist …

Feds don’t need warrant to subpoena Oregon drug data

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency doesn’t need a court order to subpoena a prescription drug database kept by the state of Oregon.

Court of appeals agrees that threatening to kill a witness is intimidation

The Washington State Court of Appeals recently decided that a man threatening to kill a witness (in front of a police officer) and arranging for his brother to beat up …

Ex-con tortured by gang members asked for protection by the state and instead nearly lost his fingers

The first time that convicted felon Ahmet Hopovac asked the Department of Corrections to let him leave Grant County for Idaho was in January 2011. He argued he was homeless …

Shawn Vestal: Behind the dramatics, a real issue with university student-conduct boards

You may not have heard much about this – since it didn’t involve a football player and a state senator braying at the regents – but there was an appeals …

Appeals court overturns third-strike conviction

The state Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a former state prison inmate who attacked a corrections officer in 2012.

Firing of Spokane Valley firefighter upheld by Court of Appeals

The firing of a Spokane Valley Fire Department captain for repeatedly using the department email system for personal use has been upheld by the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Court rules income tax measure can appear on ballot

The Court of Appeals has ruled that a ballot measure to create an income tax for some city of Olympia residents should appear on the November ballot.

Second murder conviction sends man to prison for 69 years

A Spokane man has been sentenced to prison for murder for the second time after his first conviction was overturned on a technicality.

Court to hear appeal on fatal crash

An appeals court will review a double-jeopardy claim by a Spokane stockbroker accused of killing a woman in a crash two years ago, leading to an indefinite delay in what …

Wash. court upholds penalty in attempted fetus killing

A Suncrest man was properly sentenced for soliciting a hit man to kill his unborn child, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Appeals court rules against county in records case

Spokane County didn’t look hard enough for documents a local citizens group was seeking when it alleged nepotism in county hiring, a state appeals court has said. Now the county …

Robber avoids ‘third strike’ life sentence

OLYMPIA – A Spokane home-invasion robber cannot be sentenced to life in prison, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, because one of his “three strikes” offenses took place when he …

State court: Robber can’t get life sentence

A Spokane home-invasion robber cannot be sentenced to life in prison, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, because one of his “three strikes” offenses took place when he was a …

Court reverses gun possession conviction

The assault conviction of an armed man shot in the face by Spokane police during a May 1, 2007, shootout has been upheld by the state Appeals Court. But the …

Court upholds retired sailor’s murder conviction

The Court of Appeals in Spokane has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a retired sailor who killed Ken Conklin and wounded Thomas Darco during a drunken party on Spokane’s …

Court reaffirms ruling on special ed funding

The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s decision denying a request by a consortium of Washington school districts to declare the system of funding special education …