Stories tagged: washington supreme court
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020
A state agency didn’t have the legal authority to order Washington utilities and oil refineries to come up with ways to reduce the pollution their products eventually emit when used …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 6, 2020
With ceremonial drumming and singing and a bit of poetry, the Washington Supreme Court swore in a “daughter of Spokane” as its new chief justice and its first Native American …
Sun., Dec. 29, 2019
Before 2019 goes away, Spin Control marks its highlights and low lifes.
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019
Hoping for a break on your license tab fees? It’s still in the courts.
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019
A Whatcom County Superior Court judge with extensive experience as a tribal judge to become first Native American on the Washington Supreme Court.
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019
A second legal maneuver to allow Initiative 976 to take effect this week and lower the cost of vehicle license tabs was filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019
Stephens, who has served on the court for 11 years, will finish the final year of the term of Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, who is retiring from the court as …
Fri., Nov. 1, 2019
Washington Supreme Court throws out effort to recall Gov. Jay Inslee.
Sun., Oct. 27, 2019
In a close call, state Supreme Court rules government employees’ dates of birth are public records.
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019
Mandatory impound law for DUI arrests is unconstitutional, state Supreme Court says.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019
A Spokane man who is serving life in prison after his third serious crime shouldn’t have his sentenced reduced because he committed a previous crime as a young adult, the …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019
The high court’s refusal to hear the case ends two years of litigation and permanently precludes the immigration measure from appearing on voter ballots. “This is absolutely the correct decision,” …
UPDATED: Sat., July 20, 2019
The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to review the matter and sort out which judges have jurisdiction over initial court hearings, which often determine if a person will be let …
UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019
People with obesity qualify for some workplace protections under the state’s anti-discrimination laws, state Supreme Court rules.
UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019
Keeping legislative records secret called a “black hole” by news media lawyer, part of the balance between transparency and efficiency by lawmakers’ lawyer.
Tue., June 11, 2019
Washington Supreme Court will hear arguments whether legislators individually are subject to Public Records Act or can refuse to release some documents.
UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019
A Richland florist did not face religious intolerance as government officials considered the case of whether she could refuse to provided flowers for the wedding of a gay couple, the …
Fri., May 31, 2019
Teen sex offender’s exceptional sentence for attacks on classmates upheld by state Supreme Court.
UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019
“Faithless” electors’ rights aren’t violated by the state’s $1,000 fine for casting a ballot for someone who didn’t win the presidential contest.
Thu., April 18, 2019
An evenly split ruling from the Washington Supreme Court has lawyers scratching their heads.
UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019
The Washington Supreme Court hears arguments on greenhouse gas emissions rules adopted by the state Department of Ecology.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019
Adding a new charge after the prosecution finishes its testimony can violate a defendant’s constitutional rights, the Washington Supreme Court rules.
Fri., Feb. 1, 2019
The Washington Supreme Court has sided with BNSF Railway, ruling the Pierce County medical examiner has no right to a copy of a video showing a man being struck by …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019
Washington Electoral College electors who shunned Hillary Clinton to stop Trump fight fines in Supreme Court
Washington Supreme Court to decide a remaining issue from the 2016 presidential election.
Thu., Dec. 6, 2018
King County voters will not be deciding whether to ban safe injection sites after the state Supreme Court ruled that such an initiative tramples on the legislative authority of King …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018
The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction of a Byron Eugene Scherf in the murder of corrections officer Jayme Biendl in 2011. Scherf had been serving life without …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018
Charter schools are mostly constitutional in Washington, a divided state Supreme Court said Thursday, and one problem area that a majority of the court found can be split from the …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018
A split Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sentencing juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole is unconstitutional.
Fri., Oct. 12, 2018
Sherry Shaver felt some solace on the day in 1997 when a jury recommended capital punishment for the man who killed her daughter in Spokane Valley. But the ensuing 20 …