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January 16, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Trial to begin Tuesday for defendant in Carnation slayings

Opening statements in the death-penalty trial of Joseph McEnroe will be Tuesday after the state Supreme Court on Friday denied a defense request to postpone the trial until at least early February. McEnroe’s defense team had sought to delay the trial until the high court decides Feb. 3 whether to grant discretionary review of the trial judge’s…

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January 12, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Trial in Carnation slayings delayed again as Supreme Court grants stay

The state Supreme Court granted a temporary stay in the death-penalty trial of Joseph McEnroe late last week, postponing opening statements by at least a week and potentially into early February in a case that has already taken more than seven years to get to trial. Openings had been scheduled to begin Monday morning. McEnroe…

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December 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Justices undo sentences in Lakewood cop killings

The Associated Press and Seattle Times staff OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court has reversed the gun convictions and the exceptional sentences issued to two people who helped Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four police officers in a Lakewood coffee shop in 2009. Clemmons’ aunt, Letrecia Nelson, and friend Eddie Lee Davis were convicted of rendering criminal assistance…

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December 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

State Supreme Court says closed drug-court meetings OK

The Associated Press The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that certain drug-court hearings can be closed to the public, but two justices dissented arguing that the constitution demands an open courtroom and open proceedings to ensure that the courts are operating fairly. Writing for the majority, Justice Mary Fairhurst said some of the state’s adult drug courts…

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December 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Justices: Agencies must explain records redaction

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court says agencies must give a brief explanation when they decide to withhold or redact records requested under the Public Records Act. The 5-4 opinion came Thursday in a case involving the city of Lakewood. A man named David Koenig had sought records relating to instances where police officers had…

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December 9, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Washington justices to consider warrantless searches

The Associated Press Washington’s Supreme Court has agreed to review a decades-old law that investigators have used to secretly obtain private bank, phone, email and other records without showing probable cause — the standard that would normally be required to get a warrant for the information. At issue are little-known “special inquiry judge” proceedings —confidential hearings in…

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October 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

State Supreme Court upholds legislative fix on estate tax law

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld legislative changes to the state’s estate tax law that saved the state millions of dollars in refunds. The court ruled Thursday that the move taken by lawmakers last year — in response to a previous state Supreme Court ruling — was constitutional, did not intrude…

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August 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

State Supreme Court expands convicts’ access to DNA testing

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court is expanding convicts’ access to DNA testing that could prove their innocence. In a 6-3 ruling Thursday, the justices ordered DNA testing for Lindsey Crumpton, who was convicted of repeatedly raping a 75-year-old Bremerton woman in 1993. Crumpton was arrested running near the woman’s house, carrying bedding smeared with…

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July 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Supreme Court overturns decision in Bremerton school shooting case

The state Supreme Court ruled today that prosecutors cannot charge a man with third-degree assault for allegedly providing access to a gun to his then-girlfriend’s 9-year-old son. The boy brought the weapon to a Bremerton school, where it accidentally discharged and injured a fellow student. In a 6-3 ruling, the high court rejected the argument by Kitsap County prosecutors…

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July 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Death penalty back on the table for Carnation defendants

The state Supreme Court unanimously reversed a King County Superior Court judge’s ruling that prosecutors had incorrectly sought the death penalty when they charged two former Carnation-area residents with killing a family on Christmas Eve 2007. In 1 1/2-page order, the court reversed Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell’s Jan. 31 ruling in the cases of defendants Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe that had taken the…

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