Washington State Supreme Court

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3:49 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Wash. Supreme Court To Hear Lakewood Police Killings Challenge

FILE - Letricia Nelson, left, appears in Pierce County Superior Court, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, in Tacoma, Washington.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Nearly five years have passed since Maurice Clemmons gunned down four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop. Clemmons’ aunt and cousin were convicted of helping him after the murders.

Now, their case is before the Washington Supreme Court on appeal. Oral arguments are scheduled for Thursday.

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Supreme Court Vs. Legislature
1:18 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Senator Chides High Court For 'Overreach,' Sponsors Bill To Reduce Court Size

Michael Baumgartner's website

Washington lawmakers may be tired of the state Supreme Court telling them how to do their job. At least one bill targeting the court is in front of lawmakers this session. 

The Legislature is under mandate by the State Supreme Court to increase state funding for education. Last year, the court told lawmakers to spend more, and lawmakers responded by upping education funding by $1 billion. Then a month ago, the court gave them even more specifics where the spending should go.

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Education
3:25 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

State Supreme Court: Lawmakers Must Expedite Education Funding

Washington State Supreme Court

 

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ordered lawmakers to submit a complete plan by the end of April to detail how the state will fully pay for basic education.

The 8-1 ruling said that while the state made progress in last year's budget to increase funding for K-12 education, it was "not on target" to hit the constitutionally required funding level by the 2017-18 school year.

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Obituary
4:23 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Foster Care and Public Defense among Justice Chambers’ Legacies

Former Washington Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers died of cancer at age 70.
Credit: Chambers Retirement Video 2012

In 12 years on the Washington Supreme Court, Justice Tom Chambers authored two groundbreaking opinions: one on foster care, the other on indigent defense. The former justice died late Wednesday at the age of 70.

In 2003, Chambers wrote the unanimous majority opinion in a case that put a spotlight on how often foster children in Washington bounce from home to home. 

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Washington Supreme Court
2:58 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Billions at Stake as State Supreme Court Hears Pension Cases

Cacophony / Wikipedia

The state Supreme Court on Thursday heard oral arguments in a pair of pension cases involving billions of dollars at stake. Unions for teachers and state employees want the high court to restore two benefits that were nixed due to their cost.

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Environment
11:37 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court says pollution tax constitutional

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the state's existing hazardous substances tax, which was approved by voters in 1988, is constitutional.

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Education
9:06 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Washington Supreme Court to rule on school funding case

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court plans to issue a ruling today on a major case concerning the state's obligation to pay for public school education.

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Law & Justice
1:12 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Court Considers Release of Lakewood Police Records

A Washington State Trooper directs traffic near the Parkland site where four Lakewood Police Officers were shot and killed in late November, 2009.
AP photo

     The state Supreme Court is considering whether to release thousands of police records related to last year's fatal shooting of four Lakewood police officers.

      The Seattle Times is seeking release of the records. The files are from the case of Maurice Clemmons, an ex-con who gunned down the Lakewood officers in November.

      Clemmons was killed by a Seattle officer following a massive manhunt. But a half-dozen people are charged with crimes for allegedly aiding him.

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