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Journey of Lawlessness

In his editorial Twice Zero, the editor of Cascadia Weekly notes the recent Washington Supreme Court ruling against Whatcom County for not protecting public water, as required under Washington law. 166 more words

State Supreme Court Demands an Income Tax

Matt Manweller is a constitutional law professor, and state representative in the 14th Legislative District (Ellensburg).  He believes the state supreme court is demanding an income tax to fund McCleary. 565 more words

Republican Politics

Washington Supreme Court Ruling in Hirst Protects Instream Flows

In this much anticipated opinion, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled that, in violation of state law, Whatcom County did not ensure the existence of adequate water supplies before issuing building permits. 35 more words

Treaty Rights

Court of Appeals Finds Fee Dispute Alone Doesn’t Support Consumer Protection Act Claim

A recent decision from the Court of Appeals illustrates that some fee disputes will not meet the “public interest” requirement.

Since Short v. Demopolis, 103 Wn.2d 52, 691 P.2d 163 (1984), the business aspects of law practice have been subject to the Washington Consumer Protection Act. 414 more words


Supreme Court Reaffirms 'Actual Innocence' Requirement for Criminal-Case Malpractice Claims

The state Supreme Court reaffirmed that legal malpractice claims from a criminal case must prove the plaintiff innocent of the crime.

The Washington Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the requirement that a plaintiff in a legal malpractice claim arising from a criminal case prove that the plaintiff was actually innocent of the crime involved. 444 more words

Legal Writing

Washington Supreme Court Adopts the ABA RPC 20/20 Amendments

New rules amending many RPCs are effective Sept. 1. On June 2, the Washington Supreme Court entered the order adopting the new rules.

New rules amending many of the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) become effective… 367 more words


Supreme Court on Use of Refusal to Submit to Field Sobriety Tests: No Clear Holding

Defense attorney Vitaliy Kertchen analyzes a fractured ruling that appears to overturn a drunken driving conviction.

In State v. Mecham, the Washington Supreme Court issued a fractured opinion in a DUI prosecution in which the state entered into evidence the defendant’s refusal to perform field sobriety tests (FST). 410 more words

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