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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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Psychiatric Care
4:29 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Grants 120-Day Stay In Psychiatric Boarding Ruling

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The state of Washington now has until the end of the year to stop “boarding” mental health patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds. The Supreme Court on Friday granted a 120-day stay in a ruling that declared the practice of boarding illegal. 

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Education Funding
4:35 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Inslee Scolds Legislature On School Funding But Cautions Court On Sanctions

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee talks to reporters about how the state needs to address education funding, on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Olympia, Washington.
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Gov. Jay Inslee says the Legislature has not “acted appropriately” in the face of the McCleary decision on school funding. But he cautioned the state Supreme Court Thursday not to impose sanctions that would penalize other areas of state government.

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Education Funding
4:51 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Washington Justices Weigh Contempt, Sanctions Following McCleary Hearing

Following a contempt hearing, members of the McCleary family, who sued the state of Washington over school funding, answer questions from the media on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court.
Austin Jenkins

The Washington Supreme Court has heard the arguments, and it must now decide whether to hold the state in contempt for failing to submit a complete plan to fully fund schools.

The nine justices heard oral arguments Wednesday in a historic hearing that could result in sanctions against the state Legislature.

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Psychiatric Care
3:17 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Lawyer For Psychiatric Patients Says State Had Time To Prepare For Boarding Ruling

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The state of Washington doesn’t deserve extra time to start following mental health laws, according to the lawyer representing psychiatric patients who successfully challenged a practice known as “boarding.”

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Psychiatric Care
4:44 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Puts Hospital Boarding Decision On Hold

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The state of Washington will not have to start discharging severely mentally-ill patients starting this week. The Supreme Court on Monday put a hold on a recent ruling that says it’s illegal for the state to “board” psychiatric patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds.

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DNA Evidence
10:02 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing

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Rogelio V. Solis AP Photo

Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing. In a 6-to-3 ruling Thursday, the high court said inmates don’t have to show they’re likely innocent in order to win a post-conviction DNA test.

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Psychiatric Care
11:57 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Affirms Mental Health ‘Boarding’ Unlawful

File photo of the Washington Supreme Court chambers.
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The practice of "boarding" mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.

The justices upheld a lower court ruling in the case of 10 psychiatric patients who were involuntarily detained under state law, then placed in non-psychiatric beds.

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Washington Supreme Court
5:22 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Jailed In Washington? You Have A Right To A Bail Bondsman

This file photo shows the Washington state Supreme Court in Olympia, Washington.
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You’ve heard of your Miranda rights, but did you know that most state constitutions also give you a right to a bail bondsman?

In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the Washington Supreme Court affirmed that criminal defendants can go to a third-party, like a bondsman, who will put up bail for a fee.

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Washington Supreme Court
1:42 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Wash. Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting Case

A Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack, critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third-degree assault, Washington state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The split decision stems from a high-profile case in 2012 in Bremerton.

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Washington Supreme Court
4:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Says ‘Stop And Frisk’ Went Too Far

Police in Washington can “stop and frisk” individuals they have specific reason to believe may be armed. But if that search goes beyond a “brief and nonintrusive” search, then it’s unconstitutional, according to a finding by the Washington Supreme Court Thursday.

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Washington Supreme Court
4:54 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Washington's First Openly-Gay Supreme Court Justice Sworn Into Office

New Washington state Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu is applauded by current court members behind as she acknowledges the gallery after being sworn in to the bench Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Olympia, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Washington Supreme Court's first openly gay justice has been sworn into the bench. Former King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu is also the first Asian American and first female Hispanic member of the court.

Yu took the oath in Washington’s Temple of Justice on Tuesday. Afterward, she expressed some relief that she won’t face an opponent in the fall election.

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High Court
2:36 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Inslee Appoints First Openly Gay Supreme Court Justice

King County Judge Mary Yu has been appointed to Washington Supreme Court.
Austin Jenkins

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu to the Washington Supreme Court. Yu replaces two-term Justice James Johnson who stepped down this week for health reasons. Johnson was viewed as a lone conservative voice on the high court.

Yu will be the first woman of color, the first Asian-American, the first Latina and the first openly LGBT justice on our state's highest court.  

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Washington Supreme Court
6:54 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

State High Court Points to Police Negligence in Woman's Murder

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Advocates for victims of domestic violence are praising a Washington Supreme Court decision that they say could help save lives.

The case concerns the serving of an anti-harassment order by the Federal Way Police Department on a man who later killed his girlfriend.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Washington Supreme Court tosses out supermajority tax vote requirement

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Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:05 pm

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 supermajority requirement for raising taxes. In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that the voter-approved law violates a provision of the Washington state constitution that requires a simple majority vote in the state legislature to approve bills.

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