Law

Public Records
3:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Exotic Dancers In Tacoma Say Public Records Release Would Violate Their Privacy

Women who work at Dream Girls at Foxes, a strip club in Tacoma, don’t want Pierce County to release personal information about them. They say doing so would violate their right to privacy.

But the Pierce County auditor says Washington’s Public Records Act requires her to release information contained in the women’s business licenses on file with the county.

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Same-Sex Marriage
10:43 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Idaho Wedding Chapel That Refuses To Marry Gays Sets Off Conservative Alarm Bells

Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson

Religious conservatives around the country are rallying to the defense of a wedding chapel in north Idaho whose owners don’t want to perform gay marriages.

The mayor of Coeur d’Alene and governor of Idaho are being inundated by hundreds of calls and thousands of emails even though neither has taken any action against the wedding chapel.

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Washington Supreme Court
4:56 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Backpage.com Case

Anti-human trafficking activists rally at the Washington Supreme Court before oral arguments in a case involving Backpage.com.
Austin Jenkins

The fate of a human-trafficking lawsuit against Backpage.com is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that involves three underage victims of sex trafficking. The justices must decide if the lawsuit can proceed.

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Paid Sick Leave
2:32 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Seattle City Auditor: No More Kid Gloves For Violators Of Sick Leave Ordinance

Seattle's auditor said it's time to step up enforcement of an ordinance requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave to workers.
Sean MacEntee Flickr

A city department has enforced Seattle’s mandatory sick leave ordinance mainly by sending violators a polite letter. Now the city auditor says it’s time to get tougher.

Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights used a pretty light touch during the first year of requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave for workers. The department would typically respond after a worker complained, sending the employer a “non-adversarial letter.”

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:49 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Idaho Gay Rights Supporters Hope Gay Marriage Marks New Direction

Shelia Robertson, center, and her son Bridger, bottom center, react at as the county recorder opens at 10 a.m. to issue same-sex marriage licenses at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.
Otto Kitsinger AP Photo

Same-sex couples across Idaho headed to county courthouses Wednesday, the first official day of legal gay marriage in the state since a court overturned Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage.

In Boise, there was a long line of couples at the Ada County courthouse. Among them were some of the plaintiffs who took the state to court for refusing to marry them.

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Prostitution
3:40 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

King County Flips The Script On Prostitution, Targeting Buyers Instead Of Sex Workers

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Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Law enforcement authorities in King County have announced a major change in how they go after prostitution. They said they plan to stop targeting prostituted women, and train their sites instead on the men paying for sex.

Police and advocates say prostituted women have long been targeted for arrest – 10 times more often than the buyers, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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Drones
3:54 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Wash. State Police Push Back Against Potential Limits On Drones

FILE - In this May 8, 2014 photo, a Parrot Bebop drone flies during a demonstration at a Parrot event in San Francisco.
Jeff Chiu AP Photo

Law enforcement groups in Washington state are pushing back against possible limits on police use of drones.

A task force convened by Gov. Jay Inslee continued to wrestle Monday about how to regulate small unmanned aircraft.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:53 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Gay Marriage In Idaho Cleared To Start Wednesday Morning

Machelle Migneault and her partner, Ms. Smith, embrace after being the first ones to arrive the the recorder's office to attempt to get a same sex marriage license at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.
Otto Kitsinger AP Photo

Same-sex couples in Idaho can start getting married and have those marriages legally recognized by the state starting Wednesday morning, according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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FBI
1:13 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

FBI Director Comey Says Homegrown Terrorists A Problem Everywhere

In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, FBI Director James B. Comey speaks at a news conference during a visit to Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Pacific Northwest isn’t immune to home grown terrorists. That’s what FBI director James Comey told reporters during a stop in Seattle.

Comey, who’s been in his position for a year, is visiting all 56 FBI field offices.

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Law
4:47 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

State Pays Wrongfully-Convicted Seattle Man $500,000 After He Spends 10 Years In Prison

Brandon Redtailhawk Olebar in King County Court for the signing of his compensation award from the state.
Paula Wissel

Imagine spending ten years of your life behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit. 

That's what happened to Brandon Redtailhawk Olebar. Now, Washington state is paying him more than half a million dollars.

Olebar is one of the first exonerees to receive a monetary award under a Washington law passed in 2013. The law makes it possible for people wrongfully incarcerated in the state to receive up to $50,000 for each year in prison as well as tuition waivers for themselves and their families to state universities and colleges.

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Legal Marijuana
7:46 am
Fri September 26, 2014

A Court Decision Says Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are Illegal in Washington State

ILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 file photo, medical marijuana is packaged for sale in 1-gram packages.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

At some point today, depending on where you live, you are likely to pass by a medical marijuana collective garden, which is more commonly known as a dispensary.

These places have been allowed to flourish in cities like Seattle. But according to a ruling last March by Washington’s State Court of Appeals, dispensaries are actually illegal and communities have the authority to ban them.

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Kids & Marijuana
6:34 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Marijuana Sales Get Underway, But Youth Prevention Campaign Months Away

Ted S. Warren AP Photo

People are lining up to buy legal marijuana in Washington state. Now the question is how to convince kids not to touch the stuff.

A panel of experts briefed Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday on the topic of youth marijuana use.

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Workplace discrimination
8:26 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Black Laborers On Sound Transit Project Allege Discrimination By Contractor

Reginald Wright, Rashad Pearson and attorney Stephen Teller at news conference in Seattle.
Paula Wissel

Charges of racial discrimination are being aimed at a Sound Transit contractor. 

A group of African American laborers who worked on the Sound Transit Link Light Rail project at Husky Stadium are suing, seeking class action status in federal court.

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Settlements
4:31 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Annual Report: Wash. Paid Out $48 Million In Liability Claims, A Six-Year Low

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services

The state of Washington paid out nearly $50 million last fiscal year to people who were somehow harmed by the state. The numbers were released Tuesday in an annual report on tort claim payouts.

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Legal Marijuana
3:05 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Seattle City Attorney Seeks To Drop All Marijuana Tickets

File - This Dec. 6, 2013, file photo shows Toby Tackett lighting a marijuana joint at a pot party at the Seattle Center, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says he isn’t promoting the use of marijuana in public, but he is calling for all the tickets issued for public pot smoking between Jan. 1 and July 31 to be thrown out.

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