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UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Center for Justice, nonprofit law firm in Spokane that fought for police accountability and environmental cleanup, to close permanently

The Center, which started in 1999, will close for good next week due to “numerous barriers to our sustainability,” Executive Director Dainen Penta wrote Tuesday.

UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

Judge Kevin Korsmo retiring after 12 years on state appeals court

“This is the place where errors get corrected,” Korsmo said of the appeals court.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Two candidates running to replace Judge Kevin Korsmo on Washington Court of Appeals

Korsmo, who has served on the court since 2008, plans to retire at the end of the year. Spokane Municipal Judge Tracy Staab and local attorney Marshall Casey are running …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

A look at Rep. Matt Shea’s legal career: Recently laid off, he’s sued bad drivers and a state university

Shortly after the Washington state House released a report concluding Rep. Matt Shea has engaged in domestic terrorism, the Spokane Valley lawmaker was quietly laid off from the law firm …

Popularity of Washington state’s new paid family and sick leave law leads to processing backlog

Washington state’s new paid family and medical leave law went live in January, and more than 20,000 residents have already applied for the program.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Washington Supreme Court ends legal turf battle in Stevens County

In a unanimous opinion issued last week, the high court’s nine justices sided with Stevens County Superior Court judges who sought to preside over preliminary hearings in cases that were …

Six feet above ground: Washington begins rulemaking for human compost law

“I want to keep the body for as long as I can, but when I’m done, it would just be really nice if it went on to help something else,” …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Eugene Annis, founder of Spokane law firm Lukins & Annis, dies at 84

“Gene had this remarkable talent,” a colleague said. “He could cross-examine a witness and literally eviscerate that witness, but have the witness laughing at him the whole time.”

William Hyslop sworn in as as Eastern Washington’s top federal prosecutor

Spokane attorney William Hyslop was sworn in Thursday as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Defenders of vegan bacon sue Mississippi over labeling law

A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as “meatless meatballs” and “vegan bacon.”

Pacific Northwest-based Foster Pepper, Garvey Schubert Barer law firms combine

Foster Pepper PLLC and Garvey Schubert Barer PC announced they will combine to create Foster Garvey PC, effective Sept. 1. The combined firm will have 180 attorneys in six offices …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Lawmakers, feds at odds over law for sick Hanford workers

Even as the federal government sues to stop a new Washington state law that helps Hanford workers, some state lawmakers are working to change the new law to allow even …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018

Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that made changes to the state’s struggling public pension system eight months after it prompted thousands of teachers to protest, …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Washington state lawmakers call for limits on plastic bags

Washington legislators, environmental leaders want to limit the use of plastic bags.

County judge candidates meet questions from Spokane Bar Association

Four candidates hoping to fill two county judge positions faced Spokane County Bar Association members Friday afternoon at the organization’s first forum of the 2018 election season.

New California internet neutrality law sparks U.S. lawsuit

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved the nation’s strongest net neutrality law, prompting an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over regulating …

Credit freeze free nationwide as of Friday

Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law.

Find an eagle feather? U.S. law says don’t take it. Cuomo did

A federal law prohibits non-Native Americans from possessing bald eagle parts, including feathers. The law has been on the books for nearly 80 years, but most Americans, Cuomo included, probably …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018

Idaho courts identify an outdated sentencing law that could be helping spur prison growth

As state lawmakers face a pricey proposal for a $500 million prison expansion, Idaho judges have been studying the state’s felony sentencing laws and processes with an eye to reforms.

Republican law limiting labor powers defeated in Missouri

The steady march of new “right-to-work” laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and …

Small number of ‘slowpokes’ cited so far, but police say new law improves safety

Only two Idaho drivers have been cited for driving too slowly in the fast lane since the state’s new “slowpoke” law took effect July 1. Three other drivers got warnings …

College credit for IB program: Students caught in middle of confusion over new Washington law

A new Washington law requires state public colleges to give students college credit for taking certain classes in high school. But lawmakers and colleges are locked in a disagreement over …

Guest Column: Smoking pot and smoking guns

Getting drunk and playing with a gun is a bad idea, as is taking too many pain pills and then deciding to go hunting.

Washington state lawyers, lawmakers praise Justice Anthony Kennedy on retirement

Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna would practice answering questions likely to be posed by the court’s perceived swing votes in his preparations for oral arguments. He and other …

UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018

After 45 years, Spokane County’s chief civil prosecutor, Jim Emacio, is stepping down

During Jim Emacio’s career as Spokane County’s chief civil prosecuting attorney, he’s provided legal advice to more than 23 commissioners, defended the county in several court cases, helped establish the …

UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018

Appellate court upholds dismissal of former Police Chief Frank Straub’s lawsuit against city

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that city officials didn’t wrongfully terminate Frank Straub as chief of police in 2015. Straub’s attorney is …

UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018

Nation’s most restrictive abortion law is challenged in Iowa

Abortion-rights groups said Tuesday that they had filed a lawsuit challenging the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, an Iowa provision that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, …

UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018

Free-range parenting law eyed around U.S. after Utah gets buzz

After Utah passed the country’s first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps to bolster the idea that supporters …

UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018

Mississippi imposes 15-week abortion ban; nation’s toughest

Mississippi’s governor signed a law Monday banning most abortions after 15 weeks’ gestations, the tightest restrictions in the nation.

UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018

Michigan man cleared of murder now fights for compensation

David Gavitt spent 26 years in prison for the deaths of his wife and two daughters before a prosecutor agreed that the evidence behind his arson conviction was no longer …