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As a devotee of the English language, grammar, and the Oxford comma, I was impressed by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals opinion (link below) wherein the absence of an Oxford comma in a Maine overtime statute resulted in an estimated $10 million result for the workers appealing a district court judge who ruled otherwise: continue reading »

The defendants were two retired enlisted men, who were prosecuted for carnal knowledge and manslaughter, both offenses having been allegedly committed several years after leaving active service with the Navy. Both pleaded guilty, and were imprisoned in the Washington State Penitentiary. On the day the men were released on parole, the Navy served them with orders, recalling them to active service for the purposes of being court-martialed because of the serious nature of the offense in each case. Additionally, each was given restricted status, the limits of which were defined as their barracks and the mess hall. continue reading »

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that its evaluations show that slag deposits originating from a Canadian smelter are toxic to animal and plant life in the Upper Columbia River. continue reading »

How do we best balance the free speech rights of the homeless begging at intersections and driver safety? The Washington Supreme Court weighs in on one case. continue reading »

The turn of the century saw Seattle settling down after the chaos of the gold rush. Many of the neighborhoods across the city started to grow, and in order to access the neighborhoods, tramlines were extended out from downtown. One of the first cases for SCB founder George Rummens was defending a streetcar conductor employed by Puget Sound Traction, Light & Power Company. continue reading »