Washington Supreme Court

Golf Course Case
5:25 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Washington Supreme Court Hears WSU Golf Course Case

Homeowner Scotty Cornelius says WSU’s golf course is improperly draining the aquifer he relies on for water.
Courtney Flatt Northwest Public Radio

The Supreme Court of Washington heard oral arguments in a case that could change how cities, towns and universities manage water. Northwest conservation groups are suing Washington State University. They say it’s draining the region’s aquifer.

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Anti-Discrimination Law
6:22 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Washington Exemption For Faith-based Employers Challenged

The Washington State Supreme Court Thursday heard arguments in a case that could decide whether faith-based employers have some exemption from the state’s anti-discrimination law.

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Supermajority Requirement
4:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Washington Supreme Court Tosses Out Supermajority Tax Vote Requirement

Cacophony Wikipedia

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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Supermajority Rule
5:22 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Washington High Court Expected To Rule On Supermajority Votes For Tax Hikes

Cacophony Wikipedia

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 5:11 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday in a case that challenges the two-thirds requirement for tax hikes. A lower court judge previously found the supermajority rule unconstitutional.

If the two-thirds majority for tax hikes which Washington voters have repeatedly approved -- most recently in November with nearly a two-thirds vote -- is thrown out by the court, then really the only remedy for supporters is to try to get a constitutional amendment passed to actually enshrine it in the constitution. That is no easy feat.

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Spittle-Covered Hamburger
4:32 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Wash. Court Finds Spittle-Covered Burger Could Produce “Emotional Distress”

Edward Bylsma discovered “a glob of spit” under his Burger King hamburger bun.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Under Washington law, is a consumer entitled to emotional distress damages when a fast-food employee spits in his or her hamburger, even though the consumer did not eat the hamburger? The Washington Supreme Court Thursday said the answer is possibly “yes.”

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Video Translation
4:38 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Urges Funding For Video Translation

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 4:31 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court wants state lawmakers to fund video translation for people in court who don’t speak English. Chief Justice Barbara Madsen told a joint session of the state legislature Wednesday that a remote interpreter service would be less expensive than having a translator present.

She says courts currently have certified interpreters for only 35 languages.

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Northwest News
6:38 am
Thu November 22, 2012

WA Supreme Court Issues New Jury Rulings

The Supreme Court of Washington issued a series of rulings  on jury selection, isssuing opinions on four cases in one day. They all had to do with how courts and judges interact with jurors.

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Toxic Cleanup Tax
4:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Wash. State Supreme Court Says Toxic Cleanup Tax Is Constitutional

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled on the toxic cleanup tax Thursday.
Washington Courts website

The Washington State Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the state's toxic cleanup tax. A ruling issued Thursday turns aside a challenge from gas station owners.

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Washington Farm Workers Case
4:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Court Upholds Damage Award In Farm Guest Workers Case

The Temple of Justice on the Washington state capitol campus.
Cacophony Wikipedia

The Washington Supreme Court Thursday weighed in on long-running case that has implications for labor shortages at Northwest farms and orchards. The high court unanimously upheld a costly damage award against a farm labor contractor that brought in guest workers from Thailand.

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Racially Polarized Voting?
4:29 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Was Racially Polarized Voting On Display In Wash. Primary?

Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez
Washington Courts

There’s more evidence that a Hispanic last name on the ballot can hurt a candidate’s chances. A statistical analysis released Wednesday reveals patterns of racially polarized voting in a Supreme Court race on Washington’s August primary.

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