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In re Disciplinary Proceeding Against Fossedal (Majority)
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 201,600-6
Washington v. Cardenas-Flores (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 93385-5

Justia Opinion Summary: Zaida Yesenia Cardenas-Flores did not make a corpus delicti objection at trial, raising it for the first time on appeal. Cardenas-Flores and Carlos Austin brought their infant son, C.A., to the emergency room. They repor...

In re Det. of Belcher (Majority)  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 93900-4

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, when he was 26 years old, Troy Belcher was civilly committed as a sexually violent predator. In 2015, the superior court ordered that he continue to be indefinitely committed, based on two sexually violent crime...

Watson v. City of Seattle (Majority)  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 93723-1

Justia Opinion Summary: This case centered on Seattle Ordinance 124833 (Ordinance), which imposed a "Firearms and Ammunition Tax" on each firearm and round of ammunition sold within the city limits. Its stated purpose was to raise revenue for p...

Street v. Weyerhaeuser Co. (Majority)  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 93984-5

Justia Opinion Summary: Weyerhaeuser Company challenged an award of industrial insurance benefits to its former employee, Roger Street, for his low back condition, a claimed occupational disease. Weyerhaeuser argued that a worker must present e...

Washington v. Bigsby (Majority)  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 93987-0

Justia Opinion Summary: Brandon Bigsby failed to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation after he was released from jail on community custody as ordered by the trial court. Both the Department of Corrections and the trial court sanctioned him...

In re Det. of Marcum (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: 92501-1

Justia Opinion Summary: John Marcum was civilly committed as an SVP for more than 15 years. He had been convicted of one count of indecent liberties against a child under the age of 14 and two counts of first degree child molestation. While he...

Washington v. McFarland (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: 92947-5

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Cecily McFarland of first degree burglary, ten counts of theft of a firearm, and three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. The trial court imposed standard range sentences on each count and, rely...

Selene RMOF II Reo Acquisitions II, LLC v. Ward (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: 92967-0

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved the transfer of property that once belonged to Vanessa Ward, now in possession of Selene RMOF II REO Acquisitions II LLC (“Selene”), which acquired the property in 2012 from a purchaser at a nonjudicia...

Schibel v. Eymann (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: 93214-0

Justia Opinion Summary: Former clients sued their attorneys for legal malpractice based, in part, on the attorneys' withdrawal from a prior ease. But the attorneys obtained that withdrawal by court order. In the original case, the former client...

Washington v. Olsen (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: 93315-4

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether a court could require a probationer convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) to submit to random urinalysis testing (UAs) for controlled substances. In 2014, Brittanie Olsen pleade...

Bus. Servs. of Am. II, Inc. v. Wafertech, LLC (Majority)  
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: 94088-6

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties have waged protracted litigation, yet only recently did defendant WaferTech LLC assert that the named plaintiff lacked capacity to sue. Specifically, WaferTech argued that there was no such corporate entity a...

Washington v. Lile (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: 93035-0

Justia Opinion Summary: Travis Lile appealed his convictions for multiple assaults and resisting arrest. A jury found beyond a reasonable doubt that Lile, acting as the aggressor, attacked Christopher Rowles and Amanda Millman and then struck B...

Washington v. Weyand (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: 93377-4

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court denied Wesley Weyand's motion to suppress evidence obtained during a Terry stop. In this case, the Washington Supreme Court held that the facts known to the police did not justify stopping Weyand and the...

Univ. of Wash. v. City of Seattle (Majority)  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: 94232-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The University of Washington (UW) owned property in City of Seattle but contended the City’s “Landmark Preservation Ordinance” (LPO) could not apply to any of the University’s property. UW wanted to demolish a building o...

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