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Court overturns automatic life sentences for young killers

Court overturns automatic life sentences for young killers

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/sentencing-washington-courts-e30b453434673211a9a3d4a826980dafClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/sentencing-washington-courts-e30b453434673211a9a3d4a826980dafClick to copyRelated topicsSEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the automatic life-without-parole sentences given to two men for murders committed when they were 19 and 20, saying judges must consider the youthfulness of such defendants in sentencing them.The ruling appeared to make Washington the first state to ban mandatory life-without-parole...

Mar 11
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Washington state justices strike down drug possession law

Washington state justices strike down drug possession law

By: and SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s felony drug possession law because — unlike the laws of every other state — it did not require prosecutors to prove someone knowingly or intentionally possessed drugs. The ruling came in the case of a Spokane woman who had received a pair of jeans from a friend that had a small bag of methamphetamine in a pocket. Five justices, led by Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud, said the state law was unconstitutional because it criminalized the woman’s passive, unknowing conduct, in violation of her due process...

Feb 25
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Man sues Washington jail over lack of gluten-free food

Man sues Washington jail over lack of gluten-free food

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/celiac-disease-lawsuits-washington-vancouver-tacoma-3c817efffae4b07ddd16c26f183980bcClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/celiac-disease-lawsuits-washington-vancouver-tacoma-3c817efffae4b07ddd16c26f183980bcClick to copyRelated topicsSEATTLE (AP) — A Michigan man says he lost about 35 pounds and was malnourished to the point of unconsciousness during a three-week stay in a Washington state jail early this year because staff failed to provide him gluten-free food to accommodate his celiac disease.Gaven Picciano, 26, filed a disability...

November 16, 2020
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Seattle, Portland, New York sue over Trump's 'anarchy' label

Seattle, Portland, New York sue over Trump's 'anarchy' label

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/new-york-new-york-city-lawsuits-oregon-portland-1ba25f0e85221d6c57a85f97df81bceaClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/new-york-new-york-city-lawsuits-oregon-portland-1ba25f0e85221d6c57a85f97df81bceaClick to copyRelated topicsSEATTLE (AP) — New York, Seattle and Portland — three cities recently labeled “anarchist jurisdictions” by the U.S. Justice Department — filed a lawsuit Thursday to invalidate the designation and fight off the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold federal dollars.“The Trump administration’s political threats against...

October 22, 2020
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US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail

US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/27f8cfb536769d5b9b26ba354f501fcaClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/27f8cfb536769d5b9b26ba354f501fcaClick to copyRelated topicsSEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service. The states...

September 17, 2020
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Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks without a warrant

Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks without a warrant

Greyhound, the nation’s largest bus company, said Friday it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks. The company’s announcement came one week after The Associated Press reported on a leaked Border Patrol memo confirming that agents can’t board private buses without the consent of the bus company. Greyhound had previously insisted that even though it didn’t like the immigration checks, it had no choice under federal law but to allow them. In an emailed statement, the company said it would notify the Department of...

February 22, 2020
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