Washington Supreme Court

Charter School Case
8:30 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Wash. Supreme Court Hears Charter School Case

The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday regarding whether certain tax dollars can go to the privately-run but publicly-funded schools.
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The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday regarding the constitutionality of the voter-approved charter school law.

The primary issue in the case is whether certain tax dollars can go to the privately-run but publicly-funded schools.

State law dictates that certain funding is only for so-called “common schools” - traditionally, K-12 public schools.

Last year, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that funding charters with money that’s restricted for common schools was unconstitutional.

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Human Trafficking Lawsuit
6:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Backpage Case

Anti-human trafficking activists rally at the Washington Supreme Court before oral arguments in a case involving Backpage.com.
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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 lawsuit alleges the Washington girls were pimped-out through ads posted to Backpage.com. Erik Bauer is a lawyer for the victims. He argues Backpage has created a sex marketplace where human trafficking can flourish.

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Washington Supreme Court
7:25 am
Fri October 3, 2014

WA High Court At Gonzaga Hears Case Of Multiple Offenders

Washington’s Supreme Court heard oral arguments at Gonzaga University’s law school Thursday. Students and community members grabbed seats to watch three hearings, one of which originated in Spokane.

Justice Mary Fairhurst attended Gonzaga as an undergrad and law student, and says they try to take the court on the road three times a year. She says the case of State of Washington versus Jason Allen Graham, a Spokane man, was a good fit to bring on the road.

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Washington Legislature
9:08 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Contempt Ruling Gives Washington Legislature Time To Comply

The Washington Supreme Court Building.
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The Washington Supreme Court has found the state legislature in contempt. That order issued Thursday is just the latest twist in the ongoing McCleary school funding lawsuit.

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Lakewood Police Killings
6:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Wash. Supreme Court Weighs New Trial For Lakewood Police Shootings Accomplice

In front of the Washington Supreme Court, attorney Gregory Link makes the case for a new trial for Dorcus Allen. Allen was sentenced to 420-years in prison for driving the getaway truck after the murders of four Lakewood police officers in 2009.
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The getaway driver in the murders of four Lakewood police officers is seeking a new trial. The case has made it to the Washington Supreme Court and today the justices heard arguments.


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Government and Politics
6:37 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

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

File photo of the Washington Supreme Court chambers.
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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 Friday granted a 120-day stay in a ruling that declared the practice of boarding illegal.

This basically buys the state some breathing room. The Department of Social and Health Services will now have until December 26th to open 145 new psychiatric beds across the state. Governor Jay Inslee has freed up $30 million for the effort. As of late last month, about 200 patients were being boarded in non-psychiatric beds.

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School Funding
5:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Inslee Scolds Legislature On School Funding, But Cautions Court On Sanctions

Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaks to reporters at a Capitol news conference. The Democrat says it’s “entirely appropriate” for the Supreme Court to highlight the seriousness of the state’s school funding crisis, but he cautions against sanctions that might curtail funding to vulnerable citizens.
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Washington Governor 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. The governor’s comments came one day after the high court held a hearing to consider whether to hold the state in contempt. 


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Government and Politics
6:16 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Washington Justices Weigh Contempt, Sanctions Following 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.
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Wednesday in a historic hearing that could result in sanctions against the state legislature.


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Psychiatric Boarding
7:50 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Washington Seeks Emergency Stay On Psychiatric Boarding Ruling

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The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled it’s illegal for the state to “board” mental health patients in emergency rooms and regular hospital beds. The state of Washington said late Friday it can open 145 new psychiatric beds, but it needs some additional time. The Attorney General has now asked the Supreme Court to “stay” its ruling for 120-days.

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Mental Health Boarding
3:02 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Affirms Mental Health ‘Boarding’ Unlawful

The Temple of Justice in Olympia.
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The practice of “boarding” mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful. That’s the unanimous ruling Thursday from the Washington Supreme Court. The justices upheld a lower court ruling in the case of 10 psychiatric patients. They were involuntarily detained under state law and then placed in non-psychiatric beds. Emily Cooper is an attorney with Disability Rights Washington. She calls the ruling a victory for severely mentally ill patients.

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