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Thurston County Superior Court Rules Washington Driver’s License Suspension Law Unconstitutional

ACLU Washington — On Friday, April 30, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson ruled that Washington’s law authorizing automatic and mandatory license suspensions for unpaid moving violation fines without meaningful evaluation of the driver’s ability to pay the fine violates the state constitution’s right to due process. The ACLU of Washington filed aContinue reading “Thurston County Superior Court Rules Washington Driver’s License Suspension Law Unconstitutional”

KPTZ Compass: Discussing State v. Blake with public defender Richard Davies and prosecutor James Kennedy

In a narrow 5-4 ruling, the Washington State Supreme Court recently declared the state’s felony drug possession law unconstitutional because it did not require proof that the accused knowingly or intentionally possessed the drugs. This week on the Compass, we talk with Jefferson County Prosecutor James Kennedy and then with Public Defender Richard Davies aboutContinue reading “KPTZ Compass: Discussing State v. Blake with public defender Richard Davies and prosecutor James Kennedy”

Oppose SB 5468, the uninspired “quick fix” to State v. Blake ruling

Just one day after the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the state’s drug possession statute was unconstitutional, two State senators introduced Senate Bill 5468 , which would reinstate the law by adding the word “knowingly” to the statute. The ruling in the case, State v. Blake, decriminalizes the possession of controlled substances, after justices found the statute was unconstitutionalContinue reading “Oppose SB 5468, the uninspired “quick fix” to State v. Blake ruling”

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