SYNOPSIS: Powell’s exceptional sentence was vacated under Blakely v. Washington. Can the State now impanel a jury to resentence him if it did not give him pretrial notice of intent to seek an exceptional sentence?
Case No. 2 – 80389-7
Ranger Insurance Company
Pierce County, et al.
SYNOPSIS: Ranger Insurance sent Pierce County money to satisfy bond obligations. When the bonds were exonerated, Ranger Insurance did not receive reimbursement. The Court must decide if Pierce County established it was not negligent as a matter of law.
Case No. 3 – 80264-5
University of Washington Medical Center
Washington State Department of Health, et al.
Kathleen Benedict/Narda Pierce
Richard McCartan/Alan Copsey/Peter Ehrlichman
& Brian Grimm
SYNOPSIS: The state department of health authorized Swedish Hospital to perform liver transplants. The University of Washington objects. Could a health law judge refuse to hear evidence that arose months after the department made its original decision?
Case No. 4 – 80113-4
State of Washington
Dennis Ray Kirwin
Patricia Pethick/Thomas Doyle
SYNOPSIS: Whether a search incident to arrest is valid if the arresting officer relies on a local ordinance that makes littering a crime when state laws only imposes a fine for littering.
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