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Archive October 2018

18
Oct
Death Penalty Struck Down...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

In a five-justice majority opinion, and the four other justices concurring, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Death Penalty is unfairly imposed “in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.” Consequently, given what they cited as the flawed nature of State laws permitting death as a punishment...

16
Oct
Washington State Appeals...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

The Washington State 2nd Division Court of Appeals has affirmed a fine of $319,281 against an anti-GMO group, saying that a lack of intent does not constitute a defense for withholding the public disclosure of donor names. From CapitalPress.com : “In a 2-1 ruling, the court rejected Food Democracy...

11
Oct
Cryptocurrencies Ruled ...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

A Federal Judge has ruled that Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have evolved to become commodities by definition, and are thus subject to oversight and regulation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The ruling stems from a case involving “My Big Coin,” a platform that claimed to manage a legitimate cryptocurrency,...

9
Oct
Washington State’s Spok...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

The latest and likely final pair of Washington State counties to transition their court records management to the Odyssey System is coming later this fall. Of the 39 counties in Washington State, only four have not yet made the transition to Odyssey from the state’s legacy system, SCOMIS: King,...

4
Oct
Electric Bikers & Sc...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

  With the rising ubiquity of part-time rental bike and scooter services, a different category of motor vehicles is occupying the streets and sidewalks, bringing to their operators all the same responsibilities of driving an automobile. Accordingly, Los Angeles has had its very first ‘Scooter DUI’ conviction. From Bloomberg:...