Washington

544 ABA Journal Washington articles.

Driver With Amnesia Not Competent for Car Homicide Trial?

A Washington state woman found guilty of vehicular homicide concerning an auto accident she can’t remember has filed an appeal seeking to overturn the felony conviction, arguing that she was…

10-Rated Lawyer Wins Dismissal of Suit Against Lawyer-Ranking Website

A federal judge in Seattle has dismissed a lawsuit against a website that rates lawyers, saying the posted opinions are protected by the First Amendment.

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Judge Talks Himself into Trouble

A routine training session led to another, in-depth program for a Washington state judge censured for his “demeaning, offensive and shocking” behavior at a Los Angeles conference last summer.

Judge…

Lawyers Probed in ‘Pretext’ ID Theft

Updated: Lawyers throughout the country reportedly may be investigated as part of a Washington state-based probe of an alleged scheme in which a local firm, BNT Investigations, was hired by…

No Right to Divorce Counsel in Wash.

There is no right to taxpayer-funded counsel in a divorce case under the Washington state constitution, the state’s supreme court has ruled in a closely watched case.

But it would…

Jurists Defend Mass. Judge in Murder Case

There is a growing groundswell of support by colleagues for a Massachusetts judge who has become a target for national election-year political criticism after agreeing to release a convicted killer…

Refusal to Hire Pregnant Woman to Cost Company $$

A unanimous Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a southwestern Washington woman was wrongfully barred from getting a job as a clerk and checker because she was pregnant.

In 2001,…

Barista Sues Starbucks for ‘Cluster-Bomb’ Approach to Competition

A federal judge has ruled that a Seattle-area coffeeshop owner may go to trial next year to air her claims in court: that coffee giant Starbucks “cluster-bombs” neighborhoods, barraging the…

No Liability for Reviving Just-Born Baby

A medical team that successfully revived a newborn, allegedly without the parents’ consent, has no liability for doing so to the child or his parents, the Washington Supreme Court decided…

Bad-Faith Treble Damages Win in Wash. Vote

In a big-bucks lobbying battle that pitted trial lawyers against the insurance industry in Washington state, the attorneys have prevailed.

Voters have approved a referendum upholding a state law passed…

Threats—and Response—Irk Law Students at U of Washington

Graffiti and telephone threats have prompted the University of Washington to post a full-time guard at the William H. Gates law school building and require students and faculty to show…

Army Overturns Rushed 1944 Conviction of Black Soldiers in Lynching

Updated: An Army review board has overturned the conviction of African-Americans court-martialed for lynching an Italian prisoner of war at a Seattle military base in 1944.

The board concluded the…

Wetzel Law Firm: Retract ‘Weasel’ or Else

Threatened with a potential defamation suit, two individuals have apparently retracted their claimed characterization of a Spokane, Wash.-area law firm formerly known as “Wetzel & Wetzel” as “Weasel & Weasel.”

Judge Rebuked for Demeaning Comments

A Seattle-area judge was admonished today for a lewd exchange with a defendant in his courtroom and for making demeaning references to the ethnicity of others.

Specifically, King County District…

School Board Member Gives Up Adopted Kid

It isn’t just ordinary parents who sometimes find themselves unable to cope with the extreme demands placed on them by a troubled, potentially violent child.

A member of the Pinellas…

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