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Washington v. Ortiz-Abrego (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 92334-5

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Alexander Ortiz-Abrego guilty on charges of child rape. The trial court held a contested competency hearing. The court determined that Ortiz-Abrego was incompetent during his trial, though various accommodat...

Washington v. Rodriguez Ramos (Majority)  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 92454-6

Justia Opinion Summary: As a juvenile homicide offender facing a de facto life-without-parole sentence, petitioner Joel Rodriguez Ramos was entitled to a "Miller" hearing, just as a juvenile homicide offender facing a literal life-without-parol...

Quinault Indian Nation v. City of Hoquiam (Majority)  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 92552-6

Justia Opinion Summary: Two companies applied for permits to expand their oil terminals on Grays Harbor. The issue here this case presented was whether the Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA), applied to these expansion projects. The Shorelin...

Entila v. Cook (Majority)  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 92581-0

Justia Opinion Summary: Gerald Cook and Francisco Entila were both employees of the Boeing Company. Early in the morning on February 18, 2010, Cook finished work and walked to his vehicle in an employee parking lot. He was driving his personal...

Aiken v. Aiken (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 92631-0

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother sought an emergency protection order to keep her soon-to-be ex-husband away from her and their children because, she alleged, he had abused them. The father denied the allegations and sought to cross-examine one...

Fortgang v. Woodland Park Zoo (Majority)  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 92846-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Alyne Fortgang filed a request for documents concerning the elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo (Zoo). She filed a request under the Public Records Act (PRA), which required every government "agency" to make re...

Washington v. Solis-Diaz (Majority)  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 93279-4

Justia Opinion Summary: Guadalupe Solis-Diaz Jr. seeks review of a Court of Appeals decision vacating his sentence a second time and remanding for resentencing but declining to disqualify the sentencing judge. In 2007, 16-year-old Solis-Diaz wa...

In re Recall of Boldt (Majority)  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 93522-0

Justia Opinion Summary: Clark County Councilor Thomas Mielke filed recall charges essentially alleging that three fellow council members improperly held a vote in executive session, improperly designated The Columbian as the newspaper of record...

Washington v. Barbee (Majority)  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 92771-5

Justia Opinion Summary: Shacon Barbee was a pimp that made money from prostitutes working under his supervision. The State charged Barbee with two counts of promoting sexual abuse of a minor (SE), one count of first degree promoting prostitutio...

Ralph v. Weyerhaeuser Co. (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: December 29, 2016
Docket Numbers: 91711-6, 91725-6, 91726-4, 91727-2

Justia Opinion Summary: Multiple cases were consolidated cases in this opinion, all stemming from a 2007 flood of the Chehalis River in Lewis County. In its first review, the Washington Supreme Court considered the trial court's orders dismissi...

Snohomish County v. Pollution Control Hr'gs Bd. (Majority)  
Date: December 29, 2016
Docket Number: 92805-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Washington Supreme Court's review centered on whether Washington's vested rights doctrine excused compliance with the requirements of a municipal storm water permit. The Washington S...

In re Disciplinary Proceeding Against Osborne (Majority and Concurrence)
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 201,435-6
Washington v. Baird (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 90419-7

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated cases, the issue presented for the Washington Supreme Court’s review was whether the State could offer a driver's refusal to take a breath test under Washington's implied consent statute, RCW 46.20.308, a...

Volk v. DeMeerleer (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 91387-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Jan DeMeerleer murdered Rebecca Schiering and her nine year old son Philip, and attempted to murder Schiering's older son, Brian Winkler. After the attack, DeMeerleer committed suicide. DeMeerleer had been an outpatient...

City of Snoqualmie v. King County Exec. Constantine (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 91534-2

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether a certain governmental charge imposed on Indian tribes was a tax. After the legislature amended a statute to expand the types of tribal property that were eligible for a property tax: ex...

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