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March 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM

WA Supreme Court upholds conviction despite missing victim

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The Washington State Supreme Court has upheld the stalking and harassment conviction of a man in Cowlitz County, even though he was not able to confront his accuser at trial. Timothy Dobbs was arrested in Longview in 2010, after police said he slashed the tires of his ex-girlfriend’s car and fired bullets…

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February 27, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Justices: People have right to privacy in texts

The Associated Press Washington’s Supreme Court says people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the text messages they send from their phones — even if they can’t know for sure who might be reading them. In a 5-4 opinion, the justices overturned a Cowlitz County heroin conviction on Thursday. After arresting Daniel Lee on drug…

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February 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM

New trial for Tacoma trucker accused of molestation

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The Washington State Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Tacoma truck driver convicted of molesting a 17-year-old relative. David Gower was convicted in 2009 of incest and indecent liberties after a judge heard testimony from the victim as well as from another relative, who said he had done similar things to…

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January 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Supreme Court rejects petition from death-row inmate

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court has rejected a petition for release from death-row inmate Jonathan Lee Gentry, sentenced for the murder of a 12-year-old girl in 1988. Gentry was condemned in 1991 for bludgeoning of Cassie Holden in Bremerton. The girl was visiting her mother from Pocatello, Idaho. Gentry, who is black, argued that…

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December 12, 2013 at 8:23 AM

State’s high court upholds $12.75M award to ex-Seattle firefighter

Nearly 10 years after a former Seattle firefighter was injured in a fall while on duty, the Washington  Supreme Court has upheld a King County jury verdict awarding the man $12.75 million On Dec. 23, 2003, Mark Jones awoke in a dark bunk room at the Seattle Fire Department’s Station 33, according to court paperwork. He walked through the…

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| Topics: King County Superior Court, Seattle City Attorney's Office, Seattle Fire Department

November 14, 2013 at 8:54 AM

State Supreme Court ruling puts death penalty back on the table for Monfort

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg this morning issued this statement in response to the state Supreme Court reinstating the death penalty in Christopher Monfort’s case: “For the past 30 years, we have followed the same careful process in reviewing potential death penalty cases. We are pleased that the Washington State Supreme Court has upheld…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Christopher Monfort, Dan Satterberg, Seattle Police

October 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Supreme Court upholds ruling faulting Federal Way police in woman’s murder

The state Supreme Court has upheld a $1.1 million civil judgment awarded after a King County jury found that negligence by the Federal Way Police Department led to a woman’s 2008 murder by her boyfriend. Baerbel “Babs” Roznowski, 66, was fatally stabbed by Chan “Paul” Kim immediately after police served him with an antiharassment order that would have forced…

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October 17, 2013 at 9:20 AM

State Supreme Court approves governor secrecy

The Associated Press Washington state’s governor is allowed to claim “executive privilege” as a reason to withhold documents from the public even though that exemption isn’t among the hundreds listed in state law, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In an 8-1 decision, justices said the governor’s office has an inherent privilege as a result of…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Chris Gregoire, Freedom Foundation, Washington State Supreme Court

October 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM

State Supreme Cout upholds warrantless search of purse

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court has upheld a Yakima police officer’s decision to search a woman’s purse without a warrant. Lisa Ann Byrd was in the passenger seat of a car with stolen license plates in 2009 when the officer arrested her and the car’s driver. At the time of her arrest, she had…

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September 26, 2013 at 10:24 AM

State Supreme Court rules comfort dog in court was OK

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the presence of a “comfort” dog during courtroom testimony from a developmentally disabled victim did not violate the defendant’s right to a fair trial. In its ruling Thursday, the high court affirmed a previous Court of Appeals ruling that found that the use of…

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