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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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July 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Supreme Court: Officer had no right to search container

The Associated Press SEATTLE  — Washington’s Supreme Court says a Centralia police officer was justified when he frisked a man during a traffic stop but he didn’t have the right to open a small container found on the suspect. In the majority opinion issued Thursday, the high court says the container search without a warrant violated…

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June 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

State Supreme Court upholds death penalty for Dayva Cross

The Associated Press OLYMPIA  — The Washington Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for Dayva Cross, who was sentenced to die for killing his wife and two of her daughters in 1999 in Snoqualmie. In a unanimous decision issued Thursday, the court dismissed several claims by Cross, including whether the admission of claims of guilt that Cross…

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May 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Court: Sea-Tac workers can sue over lunch menus

Washington’s Supreme Court narrowly voted to reinstate a lawsuit by workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport caterer who complained the lunches provided by their employer violated their religious beliefs. In doing so, the court found that, under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), employers must make reasonable accommodations for religious practices. Federal law, under Title VII, already requires this…

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May 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Update: Seattle attorney’s rape trial to proceed on schedule

Update at 3:58 p.m.: Turns out jury selection will go forward on Monday in the rape case against Seattle attorney Danford Grant. “Judge Yu has informed the parties that she has a contingency plan in place for the case to go forward as scheduled, under a different judge,” Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for Dan…

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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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