Washington Supreme Court

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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Bail Bondsman
5:55 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

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

The right to a bail bondsman is now upheld by the Washington Supreme Court.
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If you happen to get arrested over the weekend in Washington, your right to a bail bondsman has just been upheld by the state Supreme Court.

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Gun Control
5:12 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting

A Washington man's loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student.
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A Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third degree assault. That’s the ruling Thursday from the Washington Supreme Court. The split decision stems from a high-profile case in 2012 in Bremerton.

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Stop And Frisk Ruling
6:21 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

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

File photo of the Washington Supreme Court chambers.
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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. That’s the finding of the Washington Supreme Court Thursday.

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Health Care
5:45 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State High Court Hears Pyschiatric Boarding Case

Parking mentally ill patients in the ER is controversial yet common.
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Parking mentally ill patients in the ER is controversial yet common. Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether that’s constitutional.

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Minimum Wage
5:41 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Washington Supreme Court To Hear SeaTac Airport Minimum Wage Fight

Washington’s Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage should apply to airport workers.
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Should SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage apply to airport workers? Washington’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that question Thursday. The case pits airport vendors, Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle against supporters of the higher wage.

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Washington Legislature
5:13 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

School Funding Lawsuit Prompts Hearing On Separation Of Powers

Republican Mike Padden is the chair of Washington’s Senate Law and Justice Committee.
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The Washington Supreme Court could hold state lawmakers in contempt over school funding. But is the high court overstepping its bounds? A Republican-led legislative panel held a hearing Monday on separation of powers.

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State In Contempt
7:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Orders ‘State’ To Contempt Hearing

The interior of the Wasington State Supreme Court.
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A frustrated Washington Supreme Court appears ready to hold state officials in contempt. The high court late Thursday ordered the “state” to appear at a hearing in September to address the lack of a plan to fully fund basic education. The court’s highly unusual move follows a 2012 ruling that the state isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to school children. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details.

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Religious Practice Accomodations
6:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Washington Supreme Court: Employers Must ‘Reasonably’ Accommodate Religious Practices

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Washington employers must “reasonably” accommodate the religious practices of their employees.
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Washington employers must “reasonably” accommodate the religious practices of their employees. That’s the ruling of the Washington Supreme Court Thursday in a case that split the justices 5-4. The case involves four men employed by a company that makes meals for airline passengers at Sea-Tac.

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Washington Supreme Court
5:13 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Wash. Supreme Court Justice Yu Sworn In; Runs Unopposed in November

Former King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu was sworn-in Tuesday.
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The Washington Supreme Court has its first openly gay, Asian-American, Latina justice. Former King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu was sworn-in Tuesday. Yu will run in November to finish out the term of retiring Justice Jim Johnson. Like a lot of appointed judges this year, Yu faces no opposition on the ballot.

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