Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

Topic: Washington State Supreme Court

You are viewing the most recent posts on this topic.

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…

More

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: drug court, Washington State Supreme Court

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…

More

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Lakewood, Public Records Act, Washington State Supreme Court

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…

More

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: warrentless searches, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Washington State Supreme Court

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…

More

Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: estate tax, Washington State Supreme Court

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…

More

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: DNA testing, Washington State Supreme Court

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…

More

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office, school shooting, Washington State Supreme Court

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…

More

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Carnation homicides, death penalty, Washington State Supreme Court

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…

More

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Centralia Police Department, frisk, Washington State Supreme Court

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…

More

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Dayva Cross, death penalty, Washington State Supreme Court

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…

More

Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Washington State Supreme Court

Next Page »