The Washington Supreme Court has sided with a wheelchair-bound pot user who lacked an official medical marijuana card. In a split ruling Thursday, the high court said even non-card-holding patients can mount a medical necessity defense at trial.
Race, racism and fairness are at the heart of a stack of opinions released today by the Washington state Supreme Court. The court issued 110 pages about one murder conviction, even though it was not overturned today. KUOW’s Phyllis Fletcher gives us the lowdown on the latest Supreme Court ruling.
Washington’s judicial system abolished court fees for poor people in 2010, but county courts sought ways around the rule. Now in a unanimous decision, the Washington State Supreme Court has reaffirmed that if someone qualifies as indigent, courts need to give them access for free.
Washington Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that spotlights the Seattle Police Department’s policy regarding public access to dash-camera video footage. The lawsuit, brought by KOMO News against SPD, comes at a time when the police force faces heightened scrutiny about transparency and public accountability.
The central issue in this case is when prosecutors should consider the strength of the evidence against defendants in a capital murder case. The parties differed on whether evidence should be a consideration in deciding to seek the death penalty.
The Supreme Court of Washington ruled Thursday that a corporation can be a victim of identity theft just like a person can under state law. The law makes it a felony to steal the identity of a “person, living or dead.”
If you’re not a police officer, imagine you are one.
Picture yourself perched on the second floor of a building in Belltown. You see someone selling drugs. You radio a fellow officer on the ground and tell him to arrest a guy on a misdemeanor charge of drug loitering. Your partner searches him and finds crack.
Both of King County’s death penalty cases are on hold pending appeal to the Washington Supreme Court. A key issue in both cases is whether the defendants have experienced any hardships that should have required prosecutors to be more lenient.
Initiative activist Tim Eyman speaks to the media in front of the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in Olympia, Wash. Eyman responded to a Supreme Court ruling that overturned one of his initiatives that limited the ability of the Legislature to raise taxes.
It's Friday - time to review the news of the week with our panel of journalists: Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and Knute Berger. The state Supreme Court ruled against the two-thirds requirement to raise taxes, Mayor Mike McGinn and City Attorney Pete Holmes sparred over police reforms, and the state DOT admitted design flaws in building the new 520 floating bridge. What stories caught your attention this week? Call us at 800.289.5869, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on Twitter: @weekdaykuow.
“Under Washington law, is a consumer entitled to emotional distress damages when a fast-food employee spits in his or her hamburger even though the consumer did not eat the hamburger?” The Washington Supreme Court said Thursday that the answer may be yes.