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Washington Supreme Court
5:39 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Inslee Appoints First Openly Gay Supreme Court Justice

King County Judge Mary Yu will be the first openly gay justice on the Washington Supreme Court.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The Washington Supreme Court will soon have its first openly gay justice. Governor Jay Inslee appointed King County Judge Mary Yu to replace retiring Justice Jim Johnson. Yu is also the first Asian-American and first Latina to serve as a Washington justice.

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Washington Legislature
5:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Divergent Agendas As Washington Legislature Approaches Halfway Point

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:42 pm

Washington’s 60-day legislative session is approaching the halfway mark, but divergent agendas are likely to result in a lot of proposals dying when they cross the Rotunda to the other chamber.

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Washington Pension Dispute
4:07 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Billions At Stake As Washington Supreme Court Hears Pension Cases

File photo of the interior of the Washington state Supreme Court
Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 3:24 pm

Billions of dollars are at stake as the Washington Supreme Court considers a pair of pension cases. Oral arguments were Thursday.

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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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