Washington State Supreme Court

Guns
7:41 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 2:49 pm

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday a Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third-degree assault.

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Courts
9:32 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Orders State To Contempt Hearing

Inside Washington state Supreme Court chambers.
Washington Supreme Court

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:47 pm

A frustrated Washington Supreme Court appears ready to hold state officials in contempt.

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Mental Illness
3:10 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Washington ACLU Urges High Court To End Psychiatric Boarding

Advocates for the mentally ill filed a friend of the court brief with the Washington State Supreme Court urging the justices to uphold a Pierce County judge's ruling. The state's high court will hear arguments in the case next month. Last year, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelsons ruled that boarding the mentally ill was illegal. 

News
11:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Washington Supreme Court: Employers Must 'Reasonably' Accommodate Religious Practices

File photo of the Washington State Supreme Court.

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:55 pm

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Washington employers must “reasonably” accommodate the religious practices of their employees.

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Education
2:21 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Legislature's Report On Education Funding 'Highly Unlikely' To Satisfy Supreme Court

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Ann Dornfeld about the Washington State Legislature's progress on fulfilling the state Supreme Court's education mandate.

Wednesday is the deadline for the Legislature's report on meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision on school funding.

Washington Supreme Court
2:51 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Text Messages Get The Same Privacy Rights As Traditional Mail

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Marcie Sillman talks with Hanni Fakhoury, attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about the recent Washington Supreme Court ruling on privacy rights. The Court found that text messages are considered private, and police need a warrant before they read them.

K-12 Funding
3:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

State Supreme Court To Legislature: Quicken Pace For Education Funding

The State Supreme Court ruled that state lawmakers are not on track to fully fund basic education by 2018.
Flickr Photo/Kelli Smith

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle attorney Phil Talmadge about the State Supreme Court's ruling that state lawmakers are not on track to fully fund basic education by 2018.

Talmadge is a former state supreme court justice and former state senator.

K-12 Funding
9:01 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Supreme Court To State: Figure Out Education Funding By April

The Washington state Supreme Court has found that state lawmakers have once again failed to make significant progress toward fully funding basic education, and ordered the Legislature to submit a K-12 funding plan by April 30.

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High Court Review
8:16 am
Fri September 6, 2013

High Court Affirms Lower Court Ruling On Disclosure Of Murder Defendant's Competency Evaluation

The case before the high court involved Seattle doctor Louis Chen. Chen is accused of murdering his partner and their young son two years ago in their apartment on First Hill.

Attorneys for Chen had argued that their client’s mental competency review be kept secret under a state statute that limits who can see the information.

The high court disagreed.

Michelle Hubbard, a media law attorney at Allied Law Group, says in its ruling the court wrote that the constitutional presumption of openness trumps state law. “What this does is make clear that the same rules apply to court proceedings as to court records. Courts are open. Court records are open," Hubbard said. 

The high court, Hubbard said, was clear about why it’s important that the public have access to this type of information. Defendants who are deemed not competent could be committed for an indeterminate amount of time Hubbard said.

A King County Superior Court judge has ruled Chen competent to stand trial. He’s been charged with two counts of aggravated first degree murder. Prosecutors said they will not seek the death penalty.

The trial is expected to start this spring. If he’s found guilty, Chen faces life in prison without parole.

Moral Culpability
9:21 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

State Supreme Court Sends Death Penalty Case Back To King County Court

State Supreme Court Justice Charles Wiggins said the death penalty case can proceed.
TVW

A unanimous opinion from the Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a death penalty case in the so-called Christmas Eve murders can proceed. The ruling finds that King County prosecutors handled the case correctly. 

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