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October 2017 Archives

Washington Court Gives Constitutional Privacy Protection to Homeless Man

In an important criminal law decision regarding the right to privacy, the Washington Court of Appeals recently decided that the police could not enter a homeless person's tent/tarp shelter without a warrant. The decision recognizes that under Washington's Constitution, Article I, §7,  a homeless person should have the same rights to privacy in his makeshift shelter that other Washington residents have in their homes or apartments.

Washington Supreme Court allows prosecution of 17 year old for Sexting

The Washington State Supreme Court recently filed an important criminal law decision (decided 6-3) which upheld the conviction of an autistic 17 year old who sent an unwanted "selfie" photo of his genitalia to a woman he was apparently trying to impress.