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Friday, November 20, 2009
Washington Supreme Court found (in State v. Smith) that "exigent circumstances" existed when police searched a home without a warrant and therefore the search was valid.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
In a victory for prisoner rights, a federal appeals court has found that corrections officials cannot prevent inmates from receiving bulk mail sent at nonprofit postal rates.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
The Lake Washington School Board in Redmond, WA has decided not to impose restitution or community service on three Eastlake High School students who created a Web site on which someone else posted a death threat last fall.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
The American Civil Liberties Union today issued a report that details the problems with the manner in which counties provide criminal defense services to people in poverty. The report, “The Unfulfilled Promise of Gideon,” shows that a majority of Washington counties lack comprehensive standards and adequate oversight systems to ensure that these publicly funded legal services meet basic constitutional standards.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
A class-action lawsuit seeking to reform Grant County’s woefully inadequate public defense system. The lawsuit seeks a court order mandating that the County operate a constitutionally adequate system of public defense. The American Civil Liberties Union and Columbia Legal Services filed the suit in April.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
The American Civil Liberties Union and Columbia Legal Services today are filing a class-action lawsuit seeking to reform Grant County
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Friday, November 20, 2009
A bill was introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives today to provide that an incarcerated person may ask a court for DNA testing of biological evidence relating to his or her case.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Letter to Undersheriff Neil McClanahan, Thurston County Sheriff's Office, regarding overcrowded jail conditions
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Friday, November 20, 2009
The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Issaquah mother and her son challenging a recently passed Issaquah ordinance that imposes highly restrictive limits on housing for people with past convictions for sex offenses.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Kittitas County Superior Court has ruled that Grant County's public defense system has serious deficiencies and warrants a trial to create a new system with better legal representation for poor defendants.

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