OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has clarified a ruling that baffled lawyers this week.
The court issued a 4-4 ruling Thursday in the case of a Shoreline man who had been...
SEATTLE (AP) — An evenly split ruling from the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday had lawyers scratching their heads.
The court issued a 4-4 ruling in the case of a Shoreline man who had...
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new sentencing hearing for a man who was 15-years-old when he fatally shot two men and injured another.
Washington Supreme Court hears case on carbon cap rule
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the state Department of Ecology has the authority to cap carbon pollution from major industrial emitters,...
SEATTLE (AP) — The state agency responsible for providing competency evaluations and treatment for people arrested for crimes must pay more fines for failing to provide services in a timely...
Supreme Court sets date for legislative records case hearing
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in June in a case that will determine whether state lawmakers are subject to the same disclosure rules that apply to...
State Supreme Court overturns manslaughter conviction
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the manslaughter conviction of a Spokane man because the charges against him were amended near the end of the trial, violating the defendant's constitutional rights.
In a split decision, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the trial court to vacate the conviction and "further proceedings consistent with this opinion."
State Supreme Court overturns manslaughter conviction
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has overturned the manslaughter conviction of a Spokane man because the charges against him were amended near the end of the trial, violating the defendant's constitutional rights.
In a split decision Thursday, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the trial court to vacate the conviction.
Court sides with railway in fight over video of man’s death
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has sided with BNSF Railway, ruling the Pierce County medical examiner has no right to a copy of a video showing a man being struck by a train.
The News Tribune reports Medical Examiner Thomas Clark tried to get the railway turn over a copy of the video to help determine the manner of death of 50-year-old Ronnie Stirgus.
Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst again being treated for cancer
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst said Wednesday she is being treated for cancer, five years after describing the outcome of her previous bout as a miracle.
She made the announcement toward the end of her State of the Judiciary address to the Washington Legislature in Olympia.
She intends to continue working. "I still believe in miracles," she said.
Split court: Local initiatives subject to disclosure rule
SEATTLE (AP) — A split Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the attorney general's office can pursue a campaign finance disclosure case against the conservative Evergreen Freedom Foundation.
The 5-4 majority rejected the group's assertion that the disclosure requirements did not apply to local initiatives before they're placed on the ballot.
Driver for cop killer won’t face aggravated murder charge
SEATTLE (AP) — The man who was the getaway driver for a gunman who killed four Washington state police officers in 2009 will not face aggravated murder charges at his second trial, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday, though he might still spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.
Justice Mary Yu admonished over pro-charity Facebook post
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu has received an admonishment over Facebook posts in which she promoted two charities: the newspaper Real Change and Lifelong, which supports HIV patients.
The Commission on Judicial Conduct approved the admonishment Friday after Yu agreed to it. It's the lowest level of sanction for a judge in the state.
Court: Plan to ban injection sites properly kept off ballot
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court's decision to keep a measure banning safe injection sites in King County off the ballot.
The measure was beyond the scope of local initiative power and would interfere with King County's budgeting authority, the justices said.
Washington justices reinstate Microsoft retaliation case
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has reinstated a lawsuit by a woman who says Microsoft fired her in retaliation for an earlier complaint.
Dawn Cornwell complained of disparate treatment by her then-supervisor in 2005. She reached a confidential settlement with Microsoft and continued working there, assigned to a different supervisor.
Washington Supreme Court upholds conviction in guard’s death
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction of a state prison inmate in the murder of corrections officer Jayme Biendl in 2011.
Byron Eugene Scherf was sentenced to death for the killing inside a chapel at the state prison in Monroe. The court on Thursday converted his sentence to life in prison without parole, because the justices struck down Washington's death penalty last month as unconstitutional, but they affirmed his conviction.
Washington Supreme Court upholds most of charter school law
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court upheld most of the state's charter school law Thursday, eliminating the specter that a dozen schools serving about 3,400 students might have to close.
Teachers unions, civil rights groups and others had challenged the charter school law, arguing that using public money to operate alternative, nonprofit charter schools over which voters have no direct control violated the state Constitution.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Supreme Court upholds most of state charter school law .
Court: Kids don’t have right to lawyer in certain hearings
SEATTLE (AP) — A divided Washington Supreme Court has ruled in an opinion that children who have been taken from their homes by the state do not have an automatic right to an attorney who represents their rights, and their rights alone, in a dependency court.
Court won’t reconsider ruling on deadly force initiative
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court says it will not reconsider a ruling from earlier this week concerning Initiative 940, which is designed to make it easier to prosecute police officers for negligent shootings.
Washington high court sends deadly force measure to ballot
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Voters will have their say in November on a measure designed to make it easier to prosecute police for negligent shootings, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
But in a split ruling with multiple dissents, the justices decided to keep a compromise bill preferred by law enforcement, advocates and many lawmakers off the ballot.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — People in Washington state who want to have their gun rights restored after a felony conviction must be crime-free for five years, but it doesn't have to be the five years immediately before they petition.
That's according to a 6-3 ruling Thursday from the Washington Supreme Court. It came in the case of Edgar Dennis III, who was disqualified from possessing guns after robbery and assault convictions in the 1990s.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington Supreme Court commissioner has rejected an attempt by gun-rights supporters to keep a gun initiative off the November ballot.
Backers of Initiative 1639 say they've gathered enough signatures to put the measure to voters and plan to turn those signatures in Friday.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on whether state lawmakers acted constitutionally when they passed a measure designed to improve police training in de-escalation tactics and make it easier to prosecute officers for negligent shootings.
Lawmakers approved Initiative 940 in March, but in an unprecedented move, first passed a separate bill amending the initiative that was a compromise between activists and police groups.
Correction: Police-Deadly Force story
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a story June 6 about the Washington State Supreme Court hearing arguments over a new law designed to improve police training in de-escalation tactics, The Associated Press reported erroneously which superior court had previously ruled in the case. It was a judge from Thurston County Superior Court, not King County.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Washington Supreme Court to take up police deadly force law
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court will decide whether Washington's voter-approved Public Records Act applies to lawmakers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is asking Washington state's highest court to take another look at a land dispute between a Native American tribe and its neighbors.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of charter school students rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday as the Washington Supreme Court considered arguments that could threaten to close their classrooms.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that piece-rate farmworkers in the state must be paid separately for tasks outside of piece-rate picking work.
In a 5-4 ruling Thursday, the majority wrote that state law mandates employees receive at least minimum wage for all work performed, The Capital Press reports .
Court allows Pasco nurses to sue hospital as group
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has reversed lower court decisions to allow Pasco nurses to sue a hospital as a group.
The Tri-City Herald reports the court's decision earlier this month will allow nurses from the Lourdes Medical Center to proceed together with their lawsuit over missed breaks and lost wages.
Spokane Valley Fire captain terminated for religious messages can sue, state Supreme Court finds
A former Spokane Valley Fire Department captain fired for sending religious emails through his work account can file a lawsuit claiming damages, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
The department violated Jon Sprague’s First Amendment rights, according to the Supreme Court, when he was terminated in 2012 for repeatedly using work email to send messages to his Spokane Christian Firefighters Fellowship group.
Supreme Court rules against city of Spokane tax exemption
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a Spokane law granting a local property tax exemption to senior citizens and disabled veterans is unconstitutional.
The court said Thursday that the state Constitution requires that all taxes be uniform on the same class of property.
The city of Spokane in 2015 granted the local property tax exemption to senior citizens and disabled veterans. But the county assessor and treasurer refused to implement the ordinance.
Supreme Court: There’s more work to do on education funding
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that while lawmakers have made progress in a multiyear effort to fully fund basic education, they are not on track to meet next year's deadline and will remain in contempt of court.
Washington justices: Immigration status usually inadmissible
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has adopted a rule saying a person's immigration status is "generally inadmissible" in court, a measure designed to help those who might fear bringing a civil suit or testifying in a criminal case because of their immigration status.
Washington Supreme Court rules that Legislature must do more to boost school funding
OLYMPIA – The Legislature made improvements this year to the state’s public school system, but not enough to get out from under the sanctions for falling short of the constitutional mandate to provide for the ample education of Washington children, the state Supreme Court said today.
Washington Supreme Court OKs efforts to remove 2 officials
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has approved efforts to remove two local officials from office.
In separate unanimous decisions Thursday, the justices OK'd efforts to recall first-term Yakima County Clerk Janelle Riddle and Black Diamond City Councilwoman Patricia Pepper. Each had appealed lower court rulings allowing the recall petitions to proceed.
Court: Washington state teen who sent image committed crime
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — It was a crime for a 17-year-old boy to send an unsolicited, sexually explicit picture of himself to an adult woman, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday.
In a 6-3 ruling, the court held that the state's child pornography law covers minors sending pictures of themselves — at least to unwilling recipients. The majority said the law makes it illegal for any person to produce or disseminate child pornography.
Court: juvenile sex crimes can be basis of civil commitment
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Civil commitment of offenders who have been designated as sexually violent predators can be indefinitely extended for those whose crimes occurred when they were juveniles, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday.
Seattle’s unusual $25 gun tax upheld in state court
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court upheld Seattle's so-called "gun violence tax" against a challenge from gun rights groups Thursday, leaving the city as one of the only places in the country that taxes the sale of firearms and ammunition to raise money for gun-violence research.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court will allow the Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park to begin its long-planned expansion.
General Manager Brad McQuarrie says construction will begin Wednesday on the mountain's backside, creating nearly 80 additional acres of groomed trails and seven new runs.
The new area is expected to be open by the 2018-19 season.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a police corporal did not have the right to stop a man who was walking quickly and looking around after leaving a known drug house.
The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2tObb1G ) the justices reversed a Benton County Superior Court judge's decision that was twice upheld by the state Court of Appeals.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A florist from Washington state is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision by the state's high court which concluded she violated the law by refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.
Lawyers for Barronelle Stutzman on Friday contended the state Supreme Court decision violated her First Amendment protection for artistic expression.
Her attorneys contend the 72-year-old Stutzman should not have to surrender her freedom in order to run her family business.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An environmental group has standing to seek the removal of fill material added to property along Lake Chelan to raise the property above the water level, an action that obstructed the public's right to use navigable waters over that property, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
The state Legislature had consented decades ago to the fill's impairment of navigable waters.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has ordered Sunnyside police to return a man's car and nearly $6,000 in cash, saying there was insufficient evidence the property was connected to drug trafficking.
The justices were unanimous in their decision Thursday, which overturned a state Court of Appeals ruling.
SEATTLE (AP) — Several meetings that the Port of Vancouver held in private to discuss a lease for a proposed oil-by-rail terminal should have been open to the public, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Three conservation groups sued in 2013, arguing that the port violated the state open public meetings law when it discussed a lease for the Vancouver Energy project in a series of closed meetings that year.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Port of Vancouver over its lease for a controversial proposed oil terminal proposed along the Columbia River.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports (https://goo.gl/lDD4Es ) that environmental groups had argued that the agency skirted state law by agreeing to a lease before exploring alternatives through the environmental review process.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court says members of the Yakama Nation can have wholesale fuel delivered to the reservation without being taxed by the state.
Thursday's decision upholds an earlier one in Yakima County Superior Court, where the lower court cited a provision in the Yakama Nation's treaty with the U.S. government.
The Yakima Herald-Republic says the tribe is exempt from state sales tax on its reservation.
Washington court rules against florist in gay wedding case
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state's antidiscrimination law, even though she claimed doing so would violate her religious beliefs.
A lower court had fined Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Richland, Washington, for denying service to a gay couple in 2013, and ordered her to pay a $1,000 fine.
State Supreme Court to rule in same-sex wedding florist case
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court is set to rule in the case of a florist who was sued for refusing to provide services for a same-sex wedding.
The court listed the case Wednesday as one of five cases it would be issuing rulings for on Thursday. The court heard arguments in November in the closely watched case against Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Richland who was fined by a lower court for denying service to a gay couple in 2013.