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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Washington Supreme Court allows caps on direct but not indirect greenhouse gas emissions

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

Washington’s highest court gets chief justice from Spokane, first Native American member

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 …

Spin Control: Some mentions – honorable and dishonorable – for 2019

Before 2019 goes away, Spin Control marks its highlights and low lifes.

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Car tab break set for today delayed, as Supreme Court continues block on lower fees

Hoping for a break on your license tab fees? It’s still in the courts.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Raquel Montoya-Lewis named as first Native American to Washington Supreme Court

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

Second challenge of order blocking I-976 filed with Supreme Court

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

Spokane native Debra Stephens to be next state Supreme Court chief justice

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 …

Inslee can’t be recalled for travel, response to homelessness, court says

Washington Supreme Court throws out effort to recall Gov. Jay Inslee.

Spin Control: Date-of-birth records are public, divided court says

In a close call, state Supreme Court rules government employees’ dates of birth are public records.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Washington Supreme Court strikes down mandatory car impounds on DUI arrests

Mandatory impound law for DUI arrests is unconstitutional, state Supreme Court says.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Court upholds life sentence in persistent offender cases, including one for Spokane man

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

Washington Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit over Spokane immigration initiative

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

Turf battle between Stevens County judges headed to Washington Supreme Court

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

Law protects those with obesity from discrimination,Washington Supreme Court says

People with obesity qualify for some workplace protections under the state’s anti-discrimination laws, state Supreme Court rules.

UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

High court to decide if secret legislative records are a ‘black hole’ or a needed balance

Keeping legislative records secret called a “black hole” by news media lawyer, part of the balance between transparency and efficiency by lawmakers’ lawyer.

Court to hear arguments on whether lawmakers can deny public records requests

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

Court again rules against florist who refused gay couple

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 …

Spokane high school sex offender’s sentence upheld

Teen sex offender’s exceptional sentence for attacks on classmates upheld by state Supreme Court.

UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019

Supreme Court: ‘Faithless electors’ can be fined $1,000

“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.

Washington Supreme Court baffles lawyers with split opinion

An evenly split ruling from the Washington Supreme Court has lawyers scratching their heads.

UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019

Washington Supreme Court weighs greenhouse gas rules

The Washington Supreme Court hears arguments on greenhouse gas emissions rules adopted by the state Department of Ecology.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Washington Supreme Court overturns Spokane County manslaughter conviction

Adding a new charge after the prosecution finishes its testimony can violate a defendant’s constitutional rights, the Washington Supreme Court rules.

Washington Supreme Court sides with railway in fight over video of man’s death

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.

Ban on safe injection sites won’t be on King County ballot after state Supreme Court ruling

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

Washington Supreme Court upholds conviction in guard’s death

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

Washington Supreme Court upholds most of charter school law

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

Washington Supreme Court rules sentencing youth to life without parole is unconstitutional

A split Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sentencing juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole is unconstitutional.

Death penalty ruling anguishes Spokane Valley mother who lost daughter in 1996 attacks

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 …