Latest Washington Supreme Court News

Washington Supreme Court unanimously OKs tax on big banks

Sep. 30, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a new tax on big banks aimed at providing essential services and improving the state’s regressive tax system. The 1.2% business and occupation surtax — a tax added on top of other taxes —...

Press freedom groups want Seattle officers identified

Sep. 27, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

Seattle (AP) — Twenty-five media and transparency groups are asking the Washington Supreme Court to allow the release of the names of the Seattle police officers who attended events in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 — the day of the insurrection. The Reporters Committee...

Washington justices vacate 46-year sentence for teen killer

Sep. 23, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a 46-year sentence for a man who killed his friend’s little sister when he was 17, finding the punishment focused more on retribution than rehabilitation. Timothy Haag of Longview was initially...

Inslee commutes more drug possession convictions

Aug. 16, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is planning to grant as many as 1,200 commutations for people on community supervision whose drug convictions have been deemed unconstitutional by the Washington Supreme Court. This spring, Inslee issued commutations to...

Ruling helps protect homeless people from having cars towed

Aug. 12, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's Supreme Court issued a key decision Thursday that helps protect people living in their vehicles from having them towed, in a case that drew widespread attention amid Seattle's housing crisis. The justices held that it was unconstitutionally...

Washington Supreme Court to hear police public records case

Aug. 05, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving six Seattle police officers who were in Washington D.C. during the Jan. 6 insurrection and sued several people who filed public records requests to disclose the officers' names. "It it is...

Union Gospel Mission seeks high court ruling on hiring case

Aug. 03, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission filed a petition Monday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide a case in which the Washington Supreme Court ruled in favor of a bisexual lawyer who sued the mission over its anti-LGBTQ hiring policy. Attorney Matt Woods...

Inquests into fatal shootings by police to resume

Jul. 29, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Inquests into fatal shootings by police can resume for the first time in three years in King County, and now will include far-reaching changes that had been opposed by county law enforcement agencies. Executive Dow Constantine signed an order Wednesday...