Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado: Where juror makes clear statement indicating racial bias or animus, 6th Amend. requires trial court to consider evidence.
Beckles v. U.S.: The Federal Sentencing Guidelines are not subject to vagueness challenges under the Due Process Clause.
Rippo v. Baker: Judicial recusal required when the probability of actual bias is too high to be constitutionally tolerable.
Agua Caliente Band v. Coachella Valley Water Dist.: The United States, in establishing the Agua Caliente reservation, impliedly reserved groundwater rights.
U.S. v. Sims: Rejecting vagueness challenge to condition of release prohibiting use of synthetic cannabinoids.
Desert Water Agency v. Dept of Interior: Desert Water Agency lacked standing and ripeness in its preemption suit for collection of taxes.
Schoenmann v. Bank of the West: Trustee failed to show that bank received more than it otherwise would have in a chapter 7 liquidation to recover payment.
Somers v. Digital Realty Trust: The term “whistleblower” in Dodd-Frank does not limit disclosure to SEC and applies to internal disclosures of unlawful activity.
U.S. v. Pollard: If conviction is for proven violation of predicate offense in civil forfeiture statute, forfeiture is authorized as part of sentence.
Bringas-Rodriguez v. Sessions: Overruling precedent that stated the failure to report private persecution to govt authorities creates a gap in evidence.
Zanowick v. Baxter Healthcare: FRCP 25(a)(1) does not require district court to dismiss the action with prejudice.
U.S. v. Martinez: Failure to notify and consult with defense counsel before responding to jury question violated Rule 43(a) and Sixth Amendment.
Washington Supreme Court
Tabingo v. American Triumph LLC: Punitive damages are available for a general maritime unseaworthiness claim.
Washington Court of Appeals
State v. Zamora: Order to remand defendant from DSHS to DOC did not violate plea agreement, due process, or ex post facto or bill of attainder provisions.
State v. Aljaffar: Trial court erred in not appointing certified interpreter and not making good cause finding prior to using uncertified interpreter.
In re Botany Unlimited Design and Supply LLC: Atty appearing during admin proceeding may be served on behalf of agency; serving motion to stay not a substitute for a petition for review.
Parker Estates Homeowners Ass’n v. Pattison: Homeowners association bylaws were properly enacted pursuant to statutory default rules under WA Nonprofit Corp Act.
Bell v. NW School of Innovative Learning: Defendant private school owed no duty where minor left school bus provided by school district and was sexually assaulted by a stranger.
Nelson v. Dep’t of L&I: RCW 51.24.060 indicates that only attorney fees and costs associated with resoled claims must be included in a distribution.