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Washington v. Scherf (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: November 8, 2018
Docket Number: 88906-6

Justia Opinion Summary: While in prison serving a life without parole sentence, Byron Scherf murdered a prison guard. He was tried, convicted of aggravated murder, and sentenced to death. In his appeal, he raised multiple claims of error: proce...

Washington v. Hand (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: November 8, 2018
Docket Number: 94902-6

Justia Opinion Summary: The question this case presented for the Washington Supreme Court’s review was whether detaining an incompetent defendant in jail for 76 days before providing competency restoration treatment violates his substantive due...

In re Pers. Restraint of Gronquist (Majority)  
Date: November 8, 2018
Docket Number: 94971-9

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Derek Gronquist was sentenced to three consecutive, 114-month terms of total confinement for three counts of attempted first-degree kidnapping with a special finding of sexual motivation. On petition to the Wash...

H.B.H. v. Washington (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 94529-2

Justia Opinion Summary: Former foster children brought a case against the Department of Social and Health Service (DSHS) alleging negligence in failing to protect them from the tortious or criminal acts of their foster (and later, adoptive) par...

Rublee v. Carrier Corp. (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 94732-5

Justia Opinion Summary: The Washington Supreme Court was presented an issue of first impression: whether Washington should adopt the "apparent manufacturer" doctrine for common law product liability claims predating the 1981 product liability a...

Washington v. Jefferson (Majority, Concurrence and Concurrence/Dissent)  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 94853-4

Justia Opinion Summary: Tyree Jefferson was convicted by jury of first degree murder, first degree assault, and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm. On appeal, he challenged the State's use of a peremptory strike against the only Afri...

Hendrickson v. Moses Lake Sch. Dist. (Majority)  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 94898-4

Justia Opinion Summary: Heidi Hendrickson filed suit against the Moses Lake School District to recover for injuries she suffered while operating a table saw in a woodshop class at Moses Lake High School. The jury found the District was negligen...

Washington v. Hubbard (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 95012-1

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Waylon Hubbard pled guilty to second degree possession of stolen property. He was sentenced to a short term of confinement and 120 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay legal financial obligatio...

El Centro de la Raza v. Washington (Majority, Dissent and Concurrence/Dissent)  
Date: October 25, 2018
Docket Number: 94269-2

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Washington voters approved I-1240, codified at chapter 28A.710 RCW, which created a public charter school system.In League of Women Voters v. Washington, 184 Wn.2d 393 (2015), the Washington Supreme Court held t...

Washington v. Bassett (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 94556-0

Justia Opinion Summary: When Brian Bassett was 16 years old, he was living in a "shack" with Nicholaus McDonald after Bassett's parents '"kicked [him] out'" of their home. With McDonald's assistance, Bassett snuck back into his home and shot hi...

Washington v. Gregory (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: October 11, 2018
Docket Number: 88086-7

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Allen Gregory raped, robbed and murdered a woman at her home. In 1998, he was investigated for another rape. In 2001, he was convicted for first degree murder and three counts of first degree rape. A jury recomm...

Cmty. Treasures v. San Juan County (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: October 11, 2018
Docket Number: 94463-6

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012 and 2013, petitioners submitted permit applications to the San Juan County Department of Community Development. The county code listed 19 items that a party must submit to complete an application, one of which is...

In re Dependency of E.H. (Majority, Dissent and Concurrence/Dissent)  
Date: October 4, 2018
Docket Number: 94798-8

Justia Opinion Summary: This matter involved two unrelated juveniles, E.H. and S.K.-P. in unrelated dependency proceedings. R.R., E.H.;s mother, and S.K.-P. both challenged the validity of RCW 13.34.100's discretionary standard for appointment...

Belling v. Emp't Sec. Dep't (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: October 4, 2018
Docket Number: 95097-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Belling was forced to litigate to receive workers' compensation. The Employment Security Department sought to share in his award. Under some circumstances, when a person is forced to litigate to recover an aw...

NOVA Contracting, Inc. v. City of Olympia (Majority)  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 94711-2

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Olympia, Washington contracted with NOVA Contracting, Inc. to replace a deteriorating culvert. The contract contained a "notice of protest" provision, which was taken from the Washington Department of Transpo...

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