Washington

540 ABA Journal Washington articles.

Judge tosses suit claiming wrongful death defendant was defamed on law firm website

A judge in King County, Washington, has dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of a wrongful death defendant who claims the law firm that is suing her defamed her on…

Bill Gates is among wealthy donors seeking to oust state justice

Two PACs are getting support from wealthy donors in a bid to defeat a Washington state supreme court justice who ruled for an accused child pornographer and voted to overturn…

Man is sentenced for acid attack on judge at his home

A former soldier was sentenced on Wednesday to 14 years and three months in prison for throwing acid in the face of a Washington judge who had issued a restraining…

Law exempts homeless, disabled woman from paying $15 a month in court costs, state high court rules

A homeless woman with bipolar disorder does not have to pay $15 a month toward court costs for her convictions on charges of disorderly conduct and harassment, the Washington Supreme…

Public defender talks armed suspect down from tree

A public defender in a bucket truck ended a 12-hour police chase through a northwest Washington state forest last week, by convincing a man reportedly armed with a box cutter…

Prosecutor’s appearance on ‘Nancy Grace’ spurs bar complaint by a defense lawyer

A defense lawyer in Tacoma, Washington, contends in a bar complaint that the local prosecutor violated ethics rules by appearing on HLN’s Nancy Grace television show to discuss a murder…

Seattle can’t disclose location of FBI’s hidden surveillance cameras, federal judge says

A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the city of Seattle from disclosing the location of hidden FBI surveillance cameras placed on city utility poles.

U.S.…

Mozilla loses bid to learn about government hack in child-porn investigation

A federal judge in Tacoma, Washington, has blocked Mozilla’s attempt to learn whether a security vulnerability in its Firefox browser helped a government investigation of child pornography.

U.S. District Judge…

Music on defendant’s cellphone is not evidence of gang ties, state high court rules

You can’t use music on someone’s cellphone as evidence that he has a gang affiliation, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Octavio Robledo and two brothers, Ricardo and Anthony DeLeon,…

Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law gets green light; SCOTUS declines to hear challenge

A Seattle law raising the minimum wage for workers in the city to $15 got a green light on Monday from the nation’s top court.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined…

Seattle lawyer unwittingly acquires rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot’s cellphone number
Law authorizing garbage inspections for composting scofflaws violates privacy rights, judge rules

A judge in Washington state has enjoined garbage-inspection provisions of a Seattle ordinance that bars residents from placing food waste or compostable paper in garbage containers.

Judge Beth Andrus of…

Judge says Amazon must refund parents for in-app purchases made by children

A federal judge on Tuesday agreed with the Federal Trade Commission that Amazon.com Inc. didn’t do enough to disclose to parents that children could potentially make in-app purchases while playing…

Judge reverses conviction of man who shot neighbor outside home, says prosecutor misstated the law

For the second time in 25 years on the bench, he says, a Washington state judge has granted a defense motion for a new trial.

This time, the case involved…

ABA backs proposal to eliminate questions about mental health history for Washington bar applicants

The ABA is expressing support for a proposal by the Washington State Bar Association to remove questions about mental health history in its review of bar applicants.

ABA President Paulette…

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