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April 10, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Three newspapers: Appoint an Eastern Washington justice, Gov. Jay Inslee

Justice Jim Johnson With the retirement of state Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson for health reasons, Gov. Jay Inslee will have the opportunity to appoint a justice to the nine-member panel. The Spokesman-Review and the Yakima Herald-Republic have joined The Seattle Times in encouraging the governor to look East of the Cascades for his choice. Johnson has…


Comments | Topics: Jay Inslee, law, Washington State Supreme Court

September 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Justice is served for Hana Williams’ adoptive parents

Hana WilliamsCourtesy of Lemley Chapel A Skagit County jury thankfully pushed past the minutae of child-rearing techniques and freedom of religion and found Sedro-Wooley-area couple Larry and Carri Williams guilty of their adopted Ethiopian daughter’s death. No one knows if the couple’s abusive treatment of two children they adopted from Ethiopia was influenced by  a child-rearing book they had in their home, To Train up…


Comments | Topics: children, law, Parenting

May 9, 2013 at 6:15 AM

The Lake Chelan ferry monopoly, argued at federal appeals court

Lady of the Lake during the 2002 forest fireSeattle Times photo/Alicia Hansen A challenge to the private ferry monopoly on Lake Chelan, James Courtney v. Jeffrey Goltz, was heard Monday, May 6, in federal appeals court in Seattle. Courtney, whose family owns the Stehekin Valley Ranch, has been trying to start a ferry service between…


Comments | Topics: ferries, george will, institute for justice

March 7, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Poll: Should Washington state repeal the death penalty?

Wednesday morning’s hearing on HB 1504 in the House Judiciary Committee reignited the question of whether to repeal the death penalty in Washington state.

State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, says the issue is unlikely to get anywhere this year, but he hopes a public discussion — and “the transformational impact of DNA testing” — will lead to passage in the future. His bill proposes replacing the death penalty with life in prison without parole. Proponents say doing so would save taxpayers tens of millions in court fees. Washington currently has eight inmates on death row and dozens of other capital punishment cases moving through the system.

Watch the fascinating hearing below, which opens with testimony from staff and both Carlyle and Republican state Rep. Maureen Walsh of Walla Walla. Walsh read a statement from former GOP Gov. Dan Evans, who supports repeal because “the chance for error is too great; the cost too high.” (I’ve posted his full remarks after the jump in this post.) The panel also heard from the family members of two murder victims who oppose the death penalty.

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