Washington Supreme Court

Public School Funding
6:16 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Lawmakers On Track To Fulfill School Funding Ruling

Justices of the Washington State Supreme Court told lawmakers they need to finish a school funding plan by the end of this upcoming legislative session.
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The Washington Legislature has laid enough groundwork to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding. That’s the opinion of the lawyer charged with representing state lawmakers in the ongoing McCleary Case.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed that progress report with the court Monday.

Justices held the Legislature in contempt for failing to do enough to address the McCleary ruling. But Ferguson’s memo claimed lawmakers have filed bills that would satisfy the Court — if they’re passed into law during an upcoming special session. 

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Lakewood Police Killings
5:36 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Getaway Driver In Lakewood Police Shootings Wins New Trial

Dorcus Dewayne Allen drove Maurice Clemmons to and from the scene of the Thanksgiving weekend shooting at a coffee shop. He will receive a new trial.
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The getaway driver in the 2009 killings of four Lakewood police officers will receive a new trial. That was the unanimous decision Thursday of the Washington Supreme Court.

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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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