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January 8, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Court: Distillers don’t have to chip in for $105M shortfall

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court says distillers who ship their own spirits — rather than using a distributor — don’t have to help cover a $105 million shortfall in licensing fees. The case concerns Initiative 1183, which privatized liquor sales in Washington state. Because the state was allowing distributors to take over its profitable business,…


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November 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Court reinstates kidnapping convictions in 2009 pot robbery

OLYMPIA — The Washington Supreme Court has reinstated kidnapping convictions for two Portland men who robbed a medical-marijuana grow house in 2009 and then shot a Vancouver police officer as they fled. Daylan Berg and Jeffery Reed broke into the home of Albert Watts and held him at gunpoint in April 2009. When Sgt. Jay Alie…


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October 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Idaho governor won’t appeal; ban on gay marriage ends Wednesday

The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho  — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter will not appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s most recent decision to lift the state’s ban on gay marriage starting Wednesday. Otter wrote in a statement released Tuesday that for now, the state has done all it can through the courts to defend traditional marriage…


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August 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

State Supreme Court rules psychiatric boarding unlawful

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that boarding psychiatric patients temporarily in hospital emergency rooms and acute care centers because there isn’t space at certified psychiatric treatment facilities is unlawful. The court ruled unanimously that patients held temporarily in settings that don’t provide individualized psychiatric treatment violates the state’s Involuntary Treatment Act. “It’s always been…


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June 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Local reaction to Supreme Court ruling on Defense of Marriage Act

Here is a collection of responses to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that strikes down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act. Washington State Sen. Ed Murray, prime sponsor of Washington’s same-sex marriage law: “Today’s historic decisions by the United States Supreme Court overturning DOMA and dismissing the challenge to marriage equality in California are…


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February 14, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Former Washington Chief Justice Pearson dies

TACOMA (AP) — Former Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Vernon Robert Pearson died Feb. 4 at the age of 89. His family told The News Tribune he died from hip surgery complications while suffering with heart disease. Pearson was a Navy veteran and University of Michigan law graduate who worked as a lawyer in Tacoma…


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December 1, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Seattle asks state Supreme Court to allow gun ban

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office has asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a recent appeals-court ruling that says the city can’t ban firearms in certain areas of parks, community centers and other city facilities where children are likely to be present. Yesterday, attorneys with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the firm representing the City of Seattle,…


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October 27, 2011 at 10:02 AM

High court overturns conviction for honking car horn

The state Supreme Court has overturned the misdemeanor conviction of a Snohomish County woman who was arrested for sounding her car horn for a long time early in the morning in front of a neighbor’s house. The woman, Helen Immelt,  was convicted of honking her horn in front of the house of a Monroe neighbor who…


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