Latest Bob Ferguson News

Trial to determine if GEO must pay detainees minimum wage

Jun. 01, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — After nearly four years of litigation and pandemic-related delays, a trial is underway to determine whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage to detainees who perform cooking, cleaning and other tasks at its immigration detention center in Washington state. ...

3 officers plead not guilty in Black man's restraint death

May. 28, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Five weeks after ex-Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd, three Washington state police officers pleaded not guilty Friday in the death of Manuel Ellis, another Black man who pleaded for breath under an officer’s knee. ...

Officers face charges in restraint death of Black man

May. 27, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state attorney general on Thursday charged two Tacoma police officers with murder and another with manslaughter in the death of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who died after repeatedly telling them he couldn’t breathe as he was being restrained. ...

Prison group sues to keep immigrant detention center open

May. 17, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Private prison corporation GEO Group has sued Washington state, saying a new law mandating the closure of the immigrant detention center it operates in Tacoma would unconstitutionally subvert federal authority. The law enacted by the Legislature in March...

Washington sues Allianz for excluding mental health coverage

May. 06, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is suing the travel insurance company Allianz, saying that its policy of excluding mental health issues from coverage is discriminatory. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the company refused to cover 485...

Eyman ordered to pay $2.9M for Washington AG's legal costs

Apr. 16, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman must pay almost $2.9 million to cover the legal fees and costs of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s long-running lawsuit against Eyman for campaign finance violations, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled Friday. ...

Washington state governor OKs bill banning for-profit jails

Apr. 14, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — One of the country’s largest for-profit, privately run immigration jails would be shut down by 2025 under a bill signed Wednesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure approved by the Washington Legislature bans for-profit detention centers...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Apr. 09, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Welcome back, Idaho legislators. Wear a mask. We’re not paying for another recess April 5 Idaho Statesman We now know how much the Idaho Legislature’s...

Biden halts sale of National Archives center in Seattle

Apr. 08, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Biden administration has halted its predecessor’s decision to sell the federal archives building in Seattle, following months of opposition from people across the Pacific Northwest and a lawsuit. Washington Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria...

Bill in Washington state would ban private immigration jail

Mar. 30, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Legislature has approved a bill aimed at shutting down one of the country’s largest for-profit, privately run immigration jails. Led by majority Democrats, the state Senate voted 28-21 Tuesday in favor of a measure that would ban...