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Free Speech and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer


In Washington, it is a crime to willfully hinder, delay, or obstruct a law enforcement officer. However, does this law run afoul of the First Amendment? A recent Washington State Supreme Court case, State v. E.J.J., examines this issue. The defendant challenged a juvenile court conviction for obstructing a law enforcement officer under RCW 9A.76.020(1), on grounds under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This … Continue reading Free Speech and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer

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WA Supreme Court Silences Anti-SLAPP


Recently, in Davis v. Cox[1], the Washington State Supreme Court struck down the entirety of the anti-SLAPP[2] statute as unconstitutional because it violates the right to a trial by jury. Anti-SLAPP litigation was enacted to help curtail frivolous suits geared towards chilling constitutional speech. The Davis case arises from a disagreement among board members at the Olympia Food Cooperative regarding a boycott of Israeli food … Continue reading WA Supreme Court Silences Anti-SLAPP