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The Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the practice of "boarding" mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful.

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About 15 years ago, the Bellevue Police Department decided it needed an artist to sketch suspects.

A lieutenant stopped by Detective Greg Bean’s desk with a flyer that promised, “No experience necessary.”

“He throws it on my desk and says, ‘You’re going to art school,’” Bean said.

A north Idaho teenager accused of killing his father and brother is no longer being held in solitary confinement at an adult county jail.

It was early May 2007. Two friends, 16-year-old Christopher Horton and 20-year-old Brian Dean, were sitting on a porch on 23rd Steet and Orcutt Avenue in Newport News, Va., in the city's downtown neighborhood.

Someone walked up to the porch where they were sitting and opened fire with a handgun, killing both Horton and Dean.

There are a lot of steps that come between an arrest and a conviction, and between conviction and sentencing. And throughout that winding process, a prosecutor's decisions carry enormous weight.

Does the prosecutor accept the case? Does she have the defendant jailed before trial? Is a plea bargain offered to the defendant, and if so, what are the terms?

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“As a practical matter, that train has left the station,” said Burt Neuborne, a New York University law professor, concerning the Supreme Court’s adoption of the idea that a corporation is a person for the purposes of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees life, liberty, property and equal protection of the laws.

Marcie Sillman talks with Sarah Stillman, journalist at the New Yorker, about the private companies supplying services in our criminal justice system.

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Marcie Sillman talks with King County public defender Virginia Faller about Washington state's civil commitment laws.

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Every sentencing comes down to two things according to attorney Michael Filipovic: Why did this person commit this crime, and why is he not going to do it again?

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Marcie Sillman talks with attorney Lance Fryrear about when you can, and when you can't, be naked in Seattle.

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Marcie Sillman talks to University of Washington law professor Peter Nicolas about federal judges striking down state bans on same-sex marriage.

The Washington Supreme Court has its first openly-gay, Asian-American, Latina justice. Former King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu was sworn-in Tuesday.

It’s been almost five years since Maurice Clemmons gunned down four Lakewood, Washington, police officers in a coffee shop. Clemmons’ aunt and cousin were convicted of helping him after the murders.

One of the victims of an alleged crowdfunding scam says he’s not counting on getting his money back, but he’s glad Washington’s attorney general has filed a consumer protection lawsuit.

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Steve Scher talks with Jeffery Robinson, attorney at Seattle law firm Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender, about how juries are selected in cases that have been covered extensively in the media.

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