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Tag: Court of Appeals


Morning roundup of NW editorial pages

Some items of interest from today’s opinion pages:

• The Everett Herald makes the case why a recent Court of Appeals ruling overturning a Bothell man’s 2007 misdemeanor stalking conviction because the jury that convicted him was made up of residents from two counties.

• The Tri-City Herald celebrates strong Columbia salmon returns and concludes that something short of dam breaching must be working.

• The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin cheers Veterans Affairs’ new rule that veterans will no longer have to prove their post-traumatic stress disorder was triggered by specific bomb explosion or combat event.

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So funny it hurts

Jason Mercier, one of my colleagues on the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, dutifully alerts us to any court rulings involving open meetings and public records laws.

Today Jason slipped this state Court of Appeals decision into our email inboxes, without comment.  I don’t know if he even read it.  But it’s a real gem.  Here’s the gist:

A gentleman named Kevin Michael Mitchell,  currently enjoying the state’s hospitality at one of its fine penal institutions, hit a modest legal jackpot in a public-records lawsuit last year. Mr. Mitchell, an avid jailhouse lawyer, asked the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, a quasi-public agency,  to provide certain public information concerning a study the institute conducted for the state Department of Corrections.

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