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Washington v. Garcia (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: July 5, 2018
Docket Number: 94457-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Joaquin Garcia was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm (UPFA) in the first degree. He moved for dismissal, arguing that the predicate offense was invalid because the convicting court did not notify him of his i...

Reyes v. Yakima Health Dist. (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 94679-5

Justia Opinion Summary: Jose Reyes died after a course of treatment for tuberculosis. Judith Reyes alleged that her husband did not have tuberculosis and that the treatment prescribed to him for that disease caused him fatal liver damage due to...

Stewart v. Emp't Sec. Dep't (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 93759-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Cynthia Stewart appealed after she was found ineligible for unemployment benefits. Stewart suffered from migraine headaches and took prescription medication to help manage her symptoms. Her former employer fire...

Washington v. Nelson (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 94712-1

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Washington Supreme Court's review centered on the pattern jury instruction on attempted first-degree robbery. Petitioner Edward Nelson argued the State had to prove that the employee...

Durant v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. (Majority)  
Date: June 7, 2018
Docket Number: 94771-6

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington certified a question of Washington law to the Washington Supreme Court. This case concerned a class action insurance claim suit pending in federal c...

Lyft, Inc. v. City of Seattle (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: May 31, 2018
Docket Number: 94026-6

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Washington Supreme Court’s review centered on whether records containing trade secrets were categorically excluded from public disclosure under the Public Records Act (PRA), ch. 42.5...

Pope Res., LP v. Dep't of Nat. Res. (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: May 24, 2018
Docket Number: 94084-3

Justia Opinion Summary: Between 1853 and 1995, the Port Gamble Bay facility in Kitsap County, Washington operated as a sawmill and forest products manufacturing facility by Pope & Talbot and its corporate predecessors. Close to four decades aft...

Kittitas County v. Allphin (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Number: 93562-9

Justia Opinion Summary: Chem-Safe Environmental was a hazardous waste facility located in Kittitas County. 2002. While inspecting a neighboring facility, James Rivard, the Kittitas County environmental supervisor, and Gary Bleeker, an Ecology e...

Washington v. Murray (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Number: 94346-0

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Murray appealed his exceptional sentence for three counts of indecent exposure. His appeal raised two questions for the Washington Supreme Court’s review: (1) whether the sexual motivation aggravator, RCW 9.94A.5...

Schnitzer W., LLC v. City of Puyallup (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: 94005-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Washington Supreme Court’s review centered on whether a city council's restrictive zoning decision was judicially reviewable under chapter 36.70C RCW, the Land Use Petition Act (LUPA...

Washington v. Scott (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: 94020-7

Justia Opinion Summary: This case addressed the adequacy of the parole remedy available under RCW 9.94A.730, the Miller "fix" statute. Jai'Mar Scott was convicted by a jury in 1990 of first degree premeditated murder for killing his neighbor, a...

Carranza v. Dovex Fruit Co. (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: 94229-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington certified a question of Washington law to the Washington Supreme Court. This case began in 2016 when the two named plaintiffs filed this putative cl...

Washington v. Blockman (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: 94273-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Hollis Blockman was charged with and convicted of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop. Blockman was discovered in Patricia Burton's apartment during...

Washington v. Padilla (Majority)  
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: 94605-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Jameel Padilla was convicted for communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. At issue was Padilla's community custody condition prohibiting him from "possess[ing] or access[ing] pornographic materials, as directed b...

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