Washington Legal Overview
Top metro Washington areas for Legal Issues:
1. Capital punishment is legal in Washington, with the death penalty being administered either by lethal injection or by hanging. Cases originating in the Washington courts have ended up producing landmark judgments by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding assisted suicide and judicial overreach. In Washington v. Glucksberg (1997), the court upheld the state’s ban on assisted suicide and clarified that physician assisted suicide was not a constitutionally protected right. In Blakely v. Washington (2004), the court prohibited judges from enhancing criminal sentences based on anything else except facts as determined by the jury and admissions made by the defendant.
2. A man is Seattle has hired a car accident attorney after a drunk driver slammed into his vehicle one evening.
3. A woman in Forks, Washington is suing her physician after a surgical error that has left her permanently disabled.
Trending Washington Legal Topics: The Washington Bar Association was established in January 1888 as a voluntary organization. It became the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) in 1890 and subsequently an integrated bar and a part of judicial branch under the Washington State Supreme Court in 1933. The WSBA now has almost 34,000 members, including all of the lawyers licensed to practice law in Washington. The Board of Bar Examiners prepares and conducts bar exams for admission into the practice of law. The Supreme Court and administrative offices are based in Olympia, WA while the WSBA is based in Seattle, WA.