Washington: Night creeps in on little Supreme Court justice feet

There are very many news articles and blog posts to which I could direct you to learn of the unhappiness in the state of Washington over a recent Washington State Supreme Court decision but this one will do as well as any.

It was a 5-4 decision. A dissenting judge, Charles Johnson, had this to say:

“The majority essentially creates a public nondisclosure act, turning the act inside out so that documents are withheld from the public unless the public can demonstrate that no remotely connected litigation exists, past, present, or future.”

This is perhaps especially frustrating because Washington has an extraordinarly strong open government community, with the Washington Coalition for Open Government, crusading pro-openness editors and reporters, and fantastic attorneys.


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