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May 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Mary Yu appointed to state Supreme Court

RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press OLYMPIA  — King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu has been appointed to the Washington state Supreme Court, becoming the first gay justice, as well as the first Asian-American, to serve on the state’s high court. Yu was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday. She replaces Justice James Johnson, who announced his…

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April 14, 2014 at 3:48 PM

State Supreme Court to hear case on ‘boarding’ mentally ill residents

The state Supreme Court has decided to accept a case that could fundamentally change the way severely mentally ill residents are handled when most in need of treatment. The justices said today they will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of so-called “psychiatric boarding” — when residents involuntarily committed for mental-health treatment are parked for hours or…

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April 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Appeals court kicks ‘psychiatric boarding’ case to state Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court is getting a chance to rule on the constitutionality of making involuntarily-detained mentally ill residents wait for hours or days in hospital emergency rooms before receiving treatment. A Pierce County-based appellate judge on Wednesday kicked a major case about so-called “psychiatric boarding” to the high court, although it’s not yet known whether…

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January 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

State Supreme Court says education funding must grow faster

In a much-anticipated response to what happened with education funding in the last legislative session, the Washington Supreme Court today issued an order that, while acknowledging progress, said the “pace of progress must quicken.”

In a news release, the court said that the $982 million budget for education for 2013-15 “represents only a 6.7 percent increase over the current constitutionally inadequate level of funding and falls well short of the needs estimated by the legislature’s Joint Task Force on Education Funding.”

The court ruled in 2012 that the state Legislature is violating the state’s constitution by failing to provide ample funding for public education.  The court gave lawmakers a 2018 deadline to pay for programs and services estimated to cost $3 billion to $4 billion per biennium.

In the meantime, the court is monitoring the legislature’s actions.

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April 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Justices OK recall petition of Pacific mayor

OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington’s Supreme Court says an effort to recall the mayor of Pacific can move forward. Cy Sun won the mayor’s office on a write-in campaign in 2011, promising to rid the small town on the Pierce-King County line of corruption and patronage. Instead, the Supreme Court noted in its unanimous decision Thursday, he has…

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March 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

State Supreme Court rejects Yates petition

Robert Yates (2002 photo)

Robert Yates (2002 photo)

SPOKANE (AP) — 

The state Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a post-appeal petition from Spokane serial killer Robert Yates, ruling that none of his claims of trial error merited review or a hearing.

Yates’ petition raised 25 grounds for relief, including ineffective assistance of counsel, juror bias and numerous procedural issues.

Yates, 60, in 2000 pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in Spokane County in a deal in which he was sentenced to 408 years in prison instead of death. Two years later he was sentenced to death for two murders in Pierce County in 1997 and 1998. He is on death row at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

“Yates has failed to establish any meritorious claims,” the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. “We therefore dismiss Yates’s personal restraint petition.”

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March 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

State's high court refuses to review Seattle parks gun ban

The Washington State Supreme Court has refused to review Seattle’s ban on guns in parks, upholding two lower court rulings that found it violated state law. The Second Amendment Foundation, along with the National Rifle Association and five individuals, challenged the 2009 Seattle law prohibiting firearms in parks, community centers and other city properties. “We are proud…

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March 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

State’s high court refuses to review Seattle parks gun ban

The Washington State Supreme Court has refused to review Seattle’s ban on guns in parks, upholding two lower court rulings that found it violated state law. The Second Amendment Foundation, along with the National Rifle Association and five individuals, challenged the 2009 Seattle law prohibiting firearms in parks, community centers and other city properties. “We are proud…

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