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City of Spokane v. Horton (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: December 7, 2017
Docket Number: 93788-5

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2015, the city of Spokane (City) enacted an ordinance that granted a local property tax exemption to senior citizens and disabled veterans. Relying on a letter by the Washington Department of Revenue (DOR), t...

Washington v. Wences (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: November 30, 2017
Docket Number: 93605-6

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a search of Marco Wences' car in 2003, the State charged him with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to manufacture or deliver. The State also alleged that Wences was armed with...

Washington v. Joseph (Majority)  
Date: November 22, 2017
Docket Number: 93710-9

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Anthony Joseph was convicted of second degree criminal trespass as a lesser included offense of second degree vehicle prowling. He challenged his conviction on the ground that unlawful entry into a vehicle is...

Washington v. Smith (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: November 22, 2017
Docket Number: 93923-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Washington Supreme Court’s review centered on application of RCW 9.73.030 of the Washington privacy act to an inadvertent recording on a cell phone voice mail of a domestic violence...

Washington v. Chelan County Dist. Court (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: November 16, 2017
Docket Number: 93098-8

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, a Chelan County deputy sheriff arrested Robert Bowie for driving while under the influence (DUI). Bowie received appropriate RCW 46.20.308 warnings about his right to refuse a breath test, signed the implied con...

Pilloud v. King County Republican Cent. Comm. (Majority)  
Date: November 9, 2017
Docket Number: 93786-9

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Washington Supreme Court was whether the superior court erred in ruling that 29A.80.061 was invalid under the First Amendment. Also at issue was whether the bill containing the statute violated the si...

Zhu v. N. Cent. Educ. Serv. District (Majority)  
Date: November 9, 2017
Docket Number: 94209-9

Justia Opinion Summary: A question of Washington law was certified to the Washington Supreme Court on whether prospective employers are free to engage in retaliatory discrimination in the hiring process. Waterville School District No. 209 hired...

Washington v. Cruz (Majority)  
Date: November 2, 2017
Docket Number: 93732-0

Justia Opinion Summary: An officer from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife saw respondent Eric Cruz illegally "snag" a salmon in the Similkameen River. McCormick arrested Cruz for this misdemeanor fishing violation. The officer handcu...

In re Recall of Pepper (Majority)  
Date: October 26, 2017
Docket Number: 94574-8

Justia Opinion Summary: Robbin Taylor filed a statement of charges seeking recall of Black Diamond City council member Patricia Pepper. In November 2015, Pepper defeated opponent Ron Taylor (husband of Robbin Taylor) in an election for Black Di...

In re Recall of Riddle (Majority)  
Date: October 26, 2017
Docket Number: 94788-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Yakima County Clerk Janelle Riddle appealed a trial court's ruling that five out of the six recall charges filed against her were factually and legally sufficient. Riddle was elected on in late 2014, defeating incumbent...

Mikkelsen v. Pub. Util. Dist. No. 1 of Kittitas County (Majority)  
Date: October 19, 2017
Docket Number: 93731-1

Justia Opinion Summary: The Public Utility District No. 1 of Kittitas County (district) fired Kim Mikkelsen after 27 years of service. Mikkelsen sued the district, alleging that, among other things, her dismissal violated the Washington Law Aga...

Washington v. Salgado-Mendoza (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 93293-0

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was whether the trial court in Ascencion Salgado-Mendoza's trial for driving under the influence abused its discretion by refusing to suppress the testimony of the State's toxicology witness. The...

Killian v. Seattle Pub. Schs. (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 93655-2

Justia Opinion Summary: Former Seattle Public Schools (SPS) employees sought reversal of a Court of Appeals decision that affirmed summary judgment in favor of their bargaining representative, the International Union of Operating Engineers Loca...

Shanghai Commercial Bank, Ltd. v. Kung Da Chang (Majority)  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 93823-7

Justia Opinion Summary: Kung Da Chang entered into a credit facility arrangement with Shanghai Commercial Bank (SCB) between March and April 2008 by executing five agreements. Together, these five agreements enabled Chang and his father, Clark...

Washington v. Barnes (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 93829-6

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, after attempting to steal a riding lawnmower, Joshua Barnes was arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle. He filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that a riding lawnmower was not a "motor vehicle" under...

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