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U.S. Justice Department asks Supreme Court to take up abortion pill case

BY: - September 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday asked the Supreme Court to decide whether the abortion pill should remain on the market after two lower courts issued differing opinions about its use. The case, Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will likely be the second time the conservative-leaning Supreme […]

WA Supreme Court Justice Whitener returning to work

BY: - August 28, 2023

Washington state Supreme Court Justice G. Helen Whitener announced Monday she is returning from six months of medical leave and will participate in the court’s Fall term that begins next month. Whitener went on leave March 9 to undergo major reconstructive back surgery for a degenerative back condition she has suffered with since her teenage […]

State ‘totally disregarded’ involuntary treatment law, held people too long, high court rules

BY: - July 27, 2023

Washington authorities failed to follow a state law that allows for people to be temporarily detained against their will for mental health treatment, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In two 5-4 decisions, the court ruled that the state “totally disregarded” the requirements of the Involuntary Treatment Act for three individuals held for behavioral health […]

Colorado designer does not have to make websites for same-sex couples, Supreme Court rules

BY: - June 30, 2023

Colorado cannot compel a website designer to create custom sites for same-sex couples, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an opinion released Friday. The 6-3 ruling, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, came in 303 Creative v. Elenis. Plaintiff Lorie Smith argued the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, violates her constitutional right […]

What the Supreme Court’s rejection of affirmative action programs means for WA colleges

BY: - June 29, 2023

Colleges and universities in Washington will likely have to reconsider admissions processes after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against factoring race into decisions about who is admitted to higher education programs.  Affirmative action in Washington’s public institutions — including state universities — has been banned for over two decades under a law voters […]