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Judge Orders Halt to Driver’s License Suspensions for Unpaid Tickets

OLYMPIA — An estimated 100,000 Washington residents will have their driver’s licenses reinstated and people will no longer be penalized for driving while poor as a result of a judge’s order signed today requiring the Department of Licensing (DOL) to stop suspending licenses for unpaid traffic tickets for non-criminal moving violations. The order comes inContinue reading “Judge Orders Halt to Driver’s License Suspensions for Unpaid Tickets”

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”

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