SEATTLE (AP) — The "bikini baristas" in one Washington city might become tank-top baristas following a U.S. appeals court ruling.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday...
SEATTLE (AP) — The White House on Wednesday blasted a Seattle judge's ruling that says the Trump administration can't indefinitely lock up migrants who are seeking asylum without giving them a...
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday blocked a Trump administration policy that would keep thousands of asylum-seekers locked up while they pursue their cases, saying the...
SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a legal challenge to a new Trump administration policy denying bond hearings for asylum seekers (all times local):
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. government to give quicker bond hearings to immigrants caught on the border who pass initial asylum screenings.
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit filed against Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant by two Seattle police officers over public statements she made calling the...
Settlement approved in Washington state mental health case
SEATTLE (AP) — After twice finding the state of Washington in contempt for violating her order to provide timely competency services to mentally ill people held in jails, a federal judge has approved a settlement that is designed to ensure people get help before entering the criminal justice system.
Judge declines to dismiss challenge to US asylum delays
SEATTLE (AP) — Immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays in asylum cases, a federal judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle dismissed some arguments raised by the lawsuit in a ruling Tuesday, but she said the activists can pursue their claim that the delays violate the due process rights of detained asylum seekers across the country. The government sought to dismiss the case.
Rights group, state reach settlement in competency lawsuit
SEATTLE (AP) — The state of Washington has agreed to a plan to resolve a lawsuit filed on behalf of mentally ill people who've been warehoused in jails for weeks or months while awaiting competency services.
Judge transfers states’ case over family separations
SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit by 17 states challenging President Donald Trump's separation of migrant families at the Mexico border has been transferred to a California courtroom where a federal judge is already overseeing several related cases.
Washington, California, Massachusetts and other states led by Democratic attorneys general filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said Wednesday that transferring the case would be more efficient.
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal civil-rights jury has awarded a Federal Way man $640,000 after finding a Federal Way police officer used excessive force when arresting him at an accident scene in 2014.
SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge in Seattle has ordered President Donald Trump not to ban transgender troops from serving in the military, saying it's unclear whether recent changes to his administration's policy are constitutional.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Lawyers for the city of Everett have filed a brief in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking for a temporary ban on a dress code for bikini baristas to be lifted.
Judge shows scant patience for military transgender ban
SEATTLE (AP) — President Donald Trump's move last week to tweak his ban on transgender people joining the military might not save it from being struck down, a federal judge in Seattle suggested Tuesday.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a federal court hearing in Seattle regarding President Donald Trump's ban on transgender people entering the military (all times local):
A federal judge in Seattle says she won't immediately consider President Donald Trump's new policy banning transgender people from serving in the military.
Bikini barista suit put on hold as city appeals injunction
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The city of Everett, Washington, has filed an appeal after a federal judge ruled in favor of bikini baristas, who sued the city over new dress code ordinances that ban bare skin.
The Daily Herald reports the baristas' lawsuit has been put on hold as the city appeals the judge's decision in December to extend an injunction, preventing the city from enforcing its two laws.
Judge blocks UW from billing GOP group for campus rally
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the University of Washington from billing the College Republicans a $17,000 security fee for a campus rally on grounds that it violates free speech rights.
The Latest: 3rd judge blocks military transgender ban
SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on courts blocking the president's efforts to keep transgender people from enlisting in the military (all times local):
A third federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump's ban on transgender people joining the military.
U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman issued her ruling Monday in a case brought by several plaintiffs, including a soldier based in Washington state and two young men who hope to enlist.
Judge lets bikini barista stands stay open during lawsuit
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled in favor of bikini baristas in Everett, Washington, who sued the city over new dress code ordinances that ban bare skin.
U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman on Monday extended an injunction that prevents the city from enforcing the two laws. That means the coffee stands can continue to operate while the lawsuit filed by seven baristas and the owner of a chain of coffee stands called "Hillbilly Hotties" makes its way through court.
Seattle judge hears arguments on transgender military ban
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle says she'll decide by Dec. 8 whether to join her counterparts in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore in blocking the Trump administration's proposed transgender military ban.
U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman heard oral arguments between lawyers for the Justice Department and transgender rights advocates, including Lambda Legal, on Tuesday — just hours after the Baltimore judge's ruling.
Judge holds mental health agency in contempt, orders fines
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has found the Washington state agency that oversees mental health services in contempt for failing to provide timely competency evaluations for people waiting in jails.
Federal judge scolds state for treatment of mentally ill
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has blasted the Washington state agency responsible for providing competency services to mentally ill people in jail, saying the agency doesn't appear to understand that these individuals "have constitutional rights that are being violated."
Washington accrues almost $7.5 million in contempt fines
SEATTLE (AP) — The state of Washington has accrued fines of almost $7.5 million for failing to provide competency services to mentally ill people charged with crimes who must wait in jails for weeks or months before receiving evaluations or treatment.
U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman issued an order Tuesday saying the state must pay the outstanding balance of $2.3 million.
Judge extends in-jail competency deadlines to 14 days
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has modified a permanent injunction against the Washington state agency that oversees competency evaluations for mentally ill people charged with crimes.
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Washington state's mental health services agency to pay a civil contempt fine of $185,500 for failing to provide timely competency services to mentally ill defendants.
The fine follows a contempt order that U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman issued on July 7 against the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services.
Pechman said the state has not complied with her 2015 permanent injunction that required the...
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday held Washington state's mental health services agency in contempt for failing to comply with her order to provide competency services to mentally ill defendants in a timely fashion.
The Department of Social and Health Services is violating the constitutional rights of these people by forcing them to wait weeks or months in jail before receiving competency evaluations or treatment to restore their competency, U.S. District Judge...