Washington Supreme Court http://kplu.org en State High Court Points to Police Negligence in Woman's Murder http://kplu.org/post/state-high-court-points-police-negligence-womans-murder <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Advocates for victims of domestic violence are praising a Washington Supreme Court decision that they say could help save lives.</span></p><p>The case concerns the serving of an anti-harassment order by the Federal Way Police Department on a man who later killed his girlfriend. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 01:54:42 +0000 Paula Wissel 10589 at http://kplu.org State High Court Points to Police Negligence in Woman's Murder Washington Supreme Court tosses out supermajority tax vote requirement http://kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-tosses-out-supermajority-tax-vote-requirement <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022813AJ_SuperMajority_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Democrats say it’s a victory for democracy. Republicans call it a defeat for taxpayers. In a major decision Thursday, the Washington Supreme Court tossed out the state’s two-thirds </span>supermajority<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> requirement for raising taxes. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 01:05:26 +0000 Colin Fogarty 7878 at http://kplu.org Washington Supreme Court tosses out supermajority tax vote requirement Washington Supreme Court overturns Stenson death sentence  http://kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-overturns-stenson-death-sentence OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Supreme Court has reversed the conviction and death sentence of Darold Stenson and called for a new trial in his double murder case. On an 8-1 ruling Thursday, the high court ruled that Stenson's rights were violated because the state "wrongfully suppressed" from the defense photographs that raised questions about mishandling of evidence as well as an FBI file. Stenson was sentenced to death in 1994 for the 1993 slaying of his wife, Denise, and a business partner, Frank Hoerner, at Stenson's Clallam County exotic bird farm. Thu, 10 May 2012 16:48:08 +0000 The Associated Press 4981 at http://kplu.org You don't have the right to vote on red light cameras, court rules http://kplu.org/post/you-dont-have-right-vote-red-light-cameras-court-rules <p>The Washington Supreme Court says voters do not have the right to vote on the use of red light cameras for traffic enforcement.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/84526628/Red-Light-Cameras-Opinion"> In a 5 to 4 ruling </a>on a case involved a proposition on the ballot in the city of Mukilteo, the justices held that:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Because the legislature expressly granted authority to the governing body of the city of Mukilteo to enact ordinances on the use of automated traffic safety cameras, the subject of Proposition 1 is not within the initiative power.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>In November 2010, Mukilteo voters approved Proposition 1 by a 70 percent margin. The Proposition had the backing of anti-tax activist Tim Eyman.</p><p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:01:40 +0000 Paula Wissel 4373 at http://kplu.org You don't have the right to vote on red light cameras, court rules Seattle wants gun ban reinstated by state high court http://kplu.org/post/seattle-wants-gun-ban-reinstated-state-high-court <p>The city of Seattle is asking the Washington Supreme Court to determine whether municipalities can ban people from carrying guns in local parks and community centers where children gather.</p><p>Seattle instituted its ban in 2009. Several individuals with concealed weapons permits challenged the ban, and a King County Superior Court judge struck down the ban as preempted by state law governing firearms regulation.</p><p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 01:19:31 +0000 The Associated Press 3331 at http://kplu.org Seattle wants gun ban reinstated by state high court Mistakes about race corrupt many eyewitness accounts http://kplu.org/post/mistakes-about-race-corrupt-many-eyewitness-accounts <p>If you&rsquo;ve witnessed a crime, you&rsquo;ll swear you can accurately identify the person who did it. But, there&rsquo;s a good chance you&rsquo;re wrong, especially if that person is of a different race. Still, jurors believe eyewitness accounts.</p><p>And, in Washington state, the law doesn&#39;t allow judges to tell juries about the problems associated with cross-racial eyewitness identification. One Court of Appeals judge says that&#39;s wrong.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 1881 at http://kplu.org Mistakes about race corrupt many eyewitness accounts Supreme Court says state not shortchanging special education http://kplu.org/post/supreme-court-says-state-not-shortchanging-special-education <p>The <a href="http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/SupremeCourt/">Washington Supreme Court</a> has dealt a blow to a dozen school districts across the state that sought more money for special education.&nbsp; Today, <a href="http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.showOpinion&amp;filename=829616MAJ">the court said</a> the districts did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the state underfunds the programs, a violation of <a href="http://www.leg.wa.gov/lawsandagencyrules/pages/constitution.aspx">its constitution</a>.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 22:28:28 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 329 at http://kplu.org