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Judge rules against Seattle income tax on high earners

A judge has ruled against a new income tax on wealthy Seattle residents. King County Superior Court Judge John Ruhl said in a ruling Wednesday that that the tax is … Click to Continue »

Superior Court Judge Rules Against Seattle Income Tax, Appeal On the Way

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Seattle plans to appeal. by Heidi Groover The scene at City Hall when the council passed the income tax in July. HG Seattle's income tax on people making more than $250,000 annually violates state law and is therefore invalid, a King...Show More Summary

Judge to Issue Ruling on Constitutionality of Seattle Income Tax Next Week

Earlier today, King County Superior Court judge John Rhule announced he would make a decision before Thanksgiving regarding the constitutionality of a progressive income tax in Seattle, after hearing the first round of oral arguments in Kunath vs. Show More Summary

Berkshire Museum seeks expedited trial

last weekArts : Artdaily

After an Appeals Court Judge granted the state Attorney General?s request for a preliminary injunction, lawyers for the Berkshire Museum are asking the Superior Court for an expedited trial to reach a final judgment on the merits ofShow More Summary

Oakland can be held liable in Ghost Ship case, judge says

An Alameda County Superior Court judge has ruled that Oakland officials had a mandatory duty to act when they came across unsafe conditions in buildings such as the Ghost Ship warehouse, which burned a year ago, allowing a lawsuit against...Show More Summary

Judge Narrows DOJ's Search Warrants for Anti-Trump Activists' Facebook Accounts

Chief Judge Robert Morin of the D.C. Superior Court ruled that the warrants could intrude on innocent Facebook users' Fourth and First amendment rights.       

Judge Green-Lights Berkshire Museum’s Sale of Most Valuable Works in Collection

2 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

Today, Berkshire Superior Court Judge John Agostini ruled that the museum could auction off many of the most valuable works in its collection. The post Judge Green-Lights Berkshire Museum’s Sale of Most Valuable Works in Collection appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Judge upholds Seattle's novel campaign finance vouchers

A judge has upheld Seattle's first-in-the-nation voucher system for publicly financing political campaigns as constitutional. In a decision late Thursday, King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus rejected a challenge … Click to Continue »

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Democracy Vouchers

3 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

She says public campaign financing doesn't violate the First Amendment. by Heidi Groover Not a violation of your First Amendment rights. SEEC In a loss for our libertarian neighbors, a King County Superior Court judge has dismissed a...Show More Summary

Brickbat: Save the Date

3 weeks agoNews : Reason

A Maricopa County, Arizona, Superior Court judge has ruled that Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, evangelical Christians who create invitations and custom artwork for weddings and other events, must provide their services to gay weddings under a local ordinance. Show More Summary

Appeals court reaffirms its decision in support of Huntington Beach action on affordable housing

HUNTINGTON BEACH A state appeals court has ruled in support of a decision by the city of Huntington Beach to limit development of land that could be used for low-income and high-density housing. In 2015, a Superior Court judge ordered the city to open up Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue to allow greater development. However, […]

Bigoted Phoenix Wedding Invitation Designers Must Serve LGBT Couples They Haven’t Had Yet: Judge

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

A Superior Court judge in Arizona has ruled that a wedding invitation design company must serve LGBT customers. Joanna Duka (above left) and Breanna Koski (above right), the evangelical Christian owners of Brush & Nib Studio in Phoenix,...Show More Summary

Judge rules California law forcing pregnancy centers to advertise abortion is unconstitutional

Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask has ruled that a California state law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion is unconstitutional. Scott Scharpen, founder of Go Mobile for Life, filed suit against the law in 2015,Show More Summary

Judge Blocks California Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions

In a major victory for free speech, Riverside County Superior Court Justice Gloria C. Trask ruled late Monday that California must not force pro-life pregnancy medical clinics to post signage promoting state-covered abortions to their clients. A permanent injunction that applies to over 200 privately funded pregnancy centers in the state that offer free alternatives […]

Convicted Orange County child molester, whose original sentence was found to be too lenient, will eventually get tapped for a longer stay in prison

NEWPORT BEACH – An Orange County Superior Court judge agreed Friday to delay the re-sentencing of a convicted child molester but warned the man that he will get 25 years to life in prison when he returns to court in January. Judge M. Marc Kelly – who sparked a national outcry in 2015 when he […]

ARIZONA: Hate Group Loses Second Court Battle To Overturn Phoenix LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

4 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

The Arizona Republic reports: A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has quashed a local wedding shop’s attempt to override a Phoenix ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. Joanna Duka...Show More Summary

Judge tosses $417-million award against Johnson & Johnson

A judge on Friday tossed out a $417-million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson granted the company's request for a new trial, saying there were...

Contra Costa County judge accused again of misconduct

A veteran Contra Costa County judge with an extensive record of discipline was accused by the state Commission on Judicial Performance on Tuesday of further misconduct in two criminal cases. But a lawyer for Superior Court Judge Bruce...Show More Summary

Judge voids ballot measure banning safe drug injection sites

A King County judge has voided a ballot measure that would have banned safe injection sites for drug users. Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea Galvan ruled Monday that Initiative 27 … Click to Continue »

Judge Blocks Anti-Safe Consumption Site Measure from February Ballot

last monthUnited States / Seattle : Slog

A win for public health advocates. by Heidi Groover SPENCER PLATT/GETTY A ballot measure banning safe consumption sites will not appear on the February ballot. King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Galvan ruled today that the initiative exceeds the scope of local initiative authority and cannot go to the ballot. Show More Summary

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