Latest Washington Supreme Court News

WA Supreme Court rules on multiple benefits of trust lands

Jul. 21, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the Department of Natural Resources can continue to manage state trust lands for the financial benefit of schools and other institutions, but can also look at other ways to ensure that such lands are managed to benefit all...

Washington Supreme Court to decide capital gains tax case

Jul. 13, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to review a decision by a lower court that overturned a new capital gains tax on high profit stocks, bonds and other assets. Attorney General Bob Ferguson appealed the March ruling directly to the state Supreme Court,...

Washington justices blast racist questioning by prosecutor

Jun. 30, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously overturned a man’s conviction for assaulting police officers, blasting a series of racist remarks by the prosecutor who handled the case. During jury selection in the trial against Joseph Zamora, Garth Dano, who...

Court pauses Washington tribe's evictions for ousted members

Jun. 09, 2022 21:39 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has temporarily halted evictions for people living in certain households on Nooksack Tribal Land who were contentiously disenrolled from the tribe. A panel of justices on Tuesday granted an injunction requiring the Nooksack...

Washington justices: Race a factor in analyzing police stops

Jun. 09, 2022 20:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A person’s race and ethnicity must be taken into account when deciding whether they were free to leave an encounter with police, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday in its latest decision seeking to counteract bias in the justice system. The unanimous ruling...

Washington group fined for meritless voter fraud lawsuit

Jun. 02, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court has fined a nonprofit group and its lawyer more than $28,000 for making legally meritless claims alleging widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. The Washington Election Integrity Coalition United was ordered to pay nearly...

Washington courts clearing drug convictions, refunding fines

May. 28, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — People convicted under Washington’s longtime felony drug possession law are starting to get their records cleared, and their court-imposed fines refunded. It’s a consequence of the Washington Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision to strike down the law in...

Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis takes medical leave

May. 16, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis announced Monday she will be on family medical leave for the court’s spring term to concentrate on her health, but officials with the court didn’t release additional details, citing the justice’s desire for privacy....

WA high court: Drivers can get DUIs for driving while high

May. 12, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court ruled Thursday people can be cited for driving under the influence for driving while high, a decision that upholds the state’s decade-old law regulating marijuana use behind the wheel of a car. The Seattle Times reports all...