Latest Washington Supreme Court News

Florist who refused same-sex wedding job settles with couple

Nov. 18, 2021 22:14 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A florist in Washington state who was in an eight-year legal battle that reached the U.S. Supreme Court will retire after settling with the same-sex couple whose wedding job she refused. Barronelle Stutzman of Richland, Washington, announced the...

Redistricting: Court orders WA panel chair to detail work

Nov. 18, 2021 20:56 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court late Thursday ordered the chair of Washington's Redistricting Commission to detail what actions the panel took earlier this week when it missed a deadline to approve new political maps. Because the commission failed to meet...

Supreme Court sends Seattle officer case to trial court

Nov. 17, 2021 20:25 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has declined to decide a case that sought to expose the identities of Seattle police officers who attended events in Washington D.C., on the day of the insurrection. In a brief order released Wednesday, the justices said they...

WA redistricting panel urges high court to look at its maps

Nov. 17, 2021 11:36 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The head of Washington state's bipartisan redistricting commission that failed to meet its deadline for redrawing political maps urged state Supreme Court justices to still consider their work now that the high court will have to complete the process. ...

Washington state panel fails to draw new political maps

Nov. 16, 2021 18:00 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's bipartisan redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline for redrawing political maps, meaning the task will now be taken up by the state Supreme Court. This is the first time the panel has failed to finish its work since...

Justices say Gov. Jay Inslee overstepped veto authority

Nov. 10, 2021 18:53 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee overstepped his veto authority when he cut a sentence that appeared seven times in the 2019 transportation budget, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The sentence in question would have prevented the Department of Transportation...

Washington Supreme Court to decide police privacy case

Nov. 09, 2021 15:41 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will decide whether the identities of Seattle police officers who attended events in the nation's capital on the day of the insurrection are protected under the state's public records law. ...

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...