We filed suit on behalf of Dr. Ming Lin, a physician with over 30 years of emergency room experience, who was relieved of duty after exposing inadequate COVID-19-related safety procedures at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Bellingham, WA.
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Research demonstrates that detention does not result in rehabilitation for juveniles and, if anything, increases rates of recidivism.
The ACLU of Washington and the co-amici urge the WA Supreme Court to grant review based on the important constitutional issues at stake and because LFOs cre ate and perpetuate poverty for numerous individuals in WA who are already struggling financially.
We argue that this misuse of obstruction charges has a chilling effect on the exercise of individual rights in interactions with the police. We asked the court to limit interpretation of the statute in order to protect constitutional rights.
We argue that requirement of this specific form of analysis, when a State Constitutional right to privacy is asserted and claims have been supported, poses a substantial risk to privacy protections in Washington State

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