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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018

Lincoln County marijuana growers sues Avista alleging breach of contract

The lawsuit, filed last month in Spokane County Superior Court, alleges Avista provided inadequate equipment to power a planned expansion of Buddy Boy Farms, a large-scale cannabis operation based south …

UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018

Emails show Spokane Councilwoman Karen Stratton encouraged cease-and-desist letter be sent to Councilwoman Kate Burke

City Councilwoman Karen Stratton said she urged a nonprofit to send cease-and-desist letter to Kate Burke in April because she was concerned about the spread of unsubstantiated rumors and the …

UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018

Durkan and mayors of 5 other U.S. cities with legalized pot form group

Mayors from six U.S. cities with legal marijuana have formed a coalition with the aim of preparing other states and the federal government for legalization.

Legal pimp seeks office in Nevada as some push brothel bans

A state marketed as a place where people can indulge in all manner of sins is confronting its status as the only place in America where you can legally pay …

Attorney Rick Eichstaedt to step down as Center for Justice director this month

Eichstaedt, 45, has led the nonprofit legal team since 2012. He created a legal defense for the Spokane River in his 13 years with the Center for Justice, and also …

Froma Harrop: U.S. needs coherent immigration policy

Americans across the political spectrum generally support a generous immigration program, as long as it’s orderly.

UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017

Polish president vetoes judiciary laws amid EU, public outcry

Poland’s president vetoed part of a judicial overhaul that’s triggered one of the country’s deepest political crises since the fall of communism and touched off debate in the European Union …

Disciplinary panel rarely takes action against Idaho judges

The panel that disciplines judges in Idaho regularly receives more than 80 complaints each year over alleged inappropriate conduct, but the independent council rarely finds enough evidence to warrant a …

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017

Spokane agrees to settle sexual harassment lawsuit by former wastewater employee for $875K

Sonya O’Brien, who left city employ in 2013 after what she described as five years of harassment from male coworkers that included intimidation and defacing of a women’s locker room, …

Moscow city prosecutor leaving for private practice

Erin Tomlin took a leap of faith in March when she submitted her letter of resignation as the Moscow city prosecutor. After four years of working for the city, she …

Idaho State Bar rebukes attorney over campaign accusations

The Idaho State Bar has reprimanded a former Twin Falls County prosecutor candidate for comments he made against a political opponent.

UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017

Trump takes aim at 9th Circuit Court again, may support breaking it up

President Donald Trump is once again taking aim at a federal appeals court district that covers Western states, saying he is considering breaking up a circuit that is a longtime …

UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017

Gorsuch dives into the fray at first Supreme Court arguments

Justice Neil Gorsuch dived into the public side of his new job Monday, piping up early and often as he took his seat on the Supreme Court bench for the …

UPDATED: Sat., April 8, 2017

TSA’s medical marijuana mix-up doesn’t discourage this guy

Cannabis users had a brief but intense moment of euphoria this week after the Transportation Security Administration seemed to give a green light to air travelers to pack medical marijuana …

ACLU: Washington not ensuring kids get adequate legal help

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is suing the state’s Office of Public Defense in an effort to get the state to do more to make sure children charged …

Moscow man convicted of child porn could get probation instead of prison

Judge John R. Stegner may consider a sentence even more lenient than one agreed upon in a plea deal for a Moscow man who admitted possessing child pornography.

UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch defends adherence to law at Senate committee hearing

Thirteen months after Antonin Scalia’s death created a vacancy on the Supreme Court, hearings are getting underway on President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace him.

UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017

NY court asked to determine if chimp is legally a person

Should a chimpanzee be treated as a person with legal rights? That’s what attorney Steven Wise tried to convince a state appeals court in Manhattan on Thursday.

City sets aside $550,000 to defend claims by former employees

The Spokane City Council approved this week a budget of $550,000 for private representation in two cases brought by former employees who claim harassment and discrimination. The contracts are needed …

Legal clinic will help people clear convictions off their records

People who can’t afford to have criminal convictions taken off their record can get free legal help at a new clinic in December.

Media: Rolling Stone magazine guilty of defamation in rape story, jury rules

A federal jury found Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator in a discredited story about gang rape at a fraternity house, news …

Sen. Cruz raises prospect of lasting Supreme Court gridlock

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who famously led the charge that partially shut down the federal government in 2013, raised the specter of leaving an indefinite vacancy on the Supreme Court …

State probes Yakima County computer use

State investigators are looking into the access of Yakima County computers

Feds seek to join suit against Idaho’s public defense system

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson are requesting to weigh in on a class-action lawsuit against Idaho’s public defense system.

Microsoft sues federal government over secret demands for customer data

Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual’s knowledge.

Britain’s online spying law faces test in Parliament

A proposed British law that gives police and spies unprecedented powers to look at the Internet browsing records of everyone in the country will be governed by “the strongest safeguards” …

Marijuana retailers ready to make move into Yakima if ban is reversed

The Yakima City Council will consider lifting its ban on marijuana businesses in May.

State Supreme Court to hear arguments on I-1366 appeal

The state Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on an appeal of a ruling that struck down a tax-limiting initiative approved by voters last year.

Judge hears dismissal request in kids’ climate change suit

A federal judge is considering a dismissal request from defense attorneys in a lawsuit filed by a group of youths seeking a court order to reduce emissions contributing to climate …

Supreme Court won’t hear case about terrorism advertising

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by an anti-Muslim group who wanted to post ads on buses in Washington state showing photos of wanted terrorists.