Washington Supreme Court

Labor
11:02 am
Tue May 27, 2014

High Court Weighs Whether Fred Meyer Janitors Should Get Overtime

The state Supreme Court is weighing a case involving janitors on contract at Fred Meyer, and whether they should receive the same rights as employees.
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What distinguishes a contractor from an employee? The Washington State Supreme Court is deliberating that question now. The decision could have big implications, because businesses increasingly rely on contractors.

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Washington Supreme Court
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Inslee's Judicial Appointees Virtually Unopposed On Ballot

Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu takes the oath in the state’s Temple of Justice.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:48 pm

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.

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Law
3:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

New State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu's Judicial Philosophy

Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu.
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David Hyde speaks with the Justice Mary Yu, who was sworn in to the Washington Supreme Court on May 20.  She's the first Asian-American and openly gay Supreme Court justice in Washington.

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Many Firsts For High Court
3:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Inslee Appoints King County Judge Mary Yu To Washington Supreme Court

King County Judge Mary Yu has been appointed to Washington Supreme Court.

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 6:10 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has appointed the first openly gay justice to the Washington Supreme Court.

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Homeowners' Rights
7:50 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Takes On Loan Fraud, Foreclosure Fights

Larry Jametsky, Christina Stewart and their son Lawrence outside the home they say they lost in a fraudulent loan deal.
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Larry Jametsky visits his family home frequently, even though he was evicted from it almost four years ago.

He and his family have been homeless since then, but they’ve stayed near the blue house in the city of SeaTac. “This was my grandparents’ house, my dad’s house,” Jametsky said.

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Religious Employers
9:31 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Backs Discrimination Claim Against Catholic Hospital

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Religious institutions in Washington have previously been exempt from discrimination rules but that could be changing. The Washington Supreme Court said in decisions Thursday that some employees whose duties are non-religious can bring discrimination claims against these nonprofits.

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Pot Ruling
7:54 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Washington High Court Sides With Non-Card-Carrying Medical Marijuana Patient

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Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:18 pm

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.

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Juror Discrimination
2:41 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

State Supreme Court Blasts Racism In Jury Selection

Washington state capitol in Olympia.
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The Supreme Court of Washington blasted a common trial court practice Thursday that results in black defendants being sent to prison by all-white juries.

The court says racial discrimination in jury selection is rampant.

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Law
12:09 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

State Supreme Court Blasts “Institutional Racism” In Jury Selection

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.

State Supreme Court
4:08 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

State High Court Weighs Prosecutors Call For Death Penalty in Monfort

Washington's Supreme Court justices will decide if King County prosecutors can seek the death penalty against Christopher Monfort.

Monfort is accused in the shooting death of Seattle Police Officer Tim Brenton on Halloween night four years ago. One other officer was wounded that night.

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News
10:41 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Wash. Supreme Court Rejects Legal Fees, Hurdles For Poor

Abeda Jafar speaking at a fundraising event for Legal Voices, March 21, 2013.
Legal Voices Photo/Matt Hubbard

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.

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Public Records Fight
5:45 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Wash. Supreme Court Considers SPD Dash-Cam Video Policy

The Temple of Justice, home to Washington's State Supreme Court.
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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.

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Strength Of Evidence
9:45 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

King County Wants Derailed Death Penalty Case Back On Track

Prosecutor James Whisman delivering oral arguments in State of Washington v. Joseph T. McEnroe & Michele K. Anderson, May 9, 2013.
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The Washington Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in the case of the Christmas Eve murders of six people in Carnation in 2007.

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.

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Supreme Court Opinion
7:03 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Corporations Are People Too In Identity Theft Law

The Temple of Justice in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Aidan Wakely-Mulroney

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.”

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The Short Arm Of The Law
4:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

High Court To Seattle Police: “You Had To Be There” For Misdemeanor Arrest

The Temple of Justice in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Aidan Wakely-Mulroney

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.

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