On November 20th, Judge James Robart, who oversees the implementation of SPD’s consent decree directing police reform, issued an order asking the parties in the case to submit briefs on how two issues should influence his ruling on whether the city is in initial compliance with the consent decree: the shooting last June of Charleena Lyles, and the recent signing of new collective bargaining agreement with SPMA. The deadline to file those briefs was last Friday.
This afternoon the City of Seattle filed notice that it would be appealing the recent judgment in the challenge to its ordinance imposing an income tax. It has chosen to bypass the Court of Appeals and take the case directly to the state Supreme Court.
This morning, Mayor Durkan, City Attorney Holmes, King County Council President Joe McDermot, and City Council member Lorena Gonzalez held a joint press conference to double-down on their support for the city’s “welcoming city” policies, to release a letter sent to the DOJ on the topic, and to announce funding for programs to support Seattle’s immigrant community and DACA recipients.
It’s been almost two months since my last catch-all posting on the status of the City of Seattle’s various outstanding legal battles. Stuff has happened, so it’s time for an update.
This afternoon King County Superior Court Judge John Ruhl struck down Seattle’s income tax ordinance, setting the stage for the inevitable appeals up to the state Supreme Court.
This morning King County Superior Court Judge John Ruhl held a hearing in the case challenging the City of Seattle’s income tax on annual income over $250,000. And it was a protracted, two-and-a-half hour affair.
The DOJ is once again stirring up the “sanctuary city” pot by sending letters to several cities questioning their policies. This time, Seattle made the list.
Last Thursday, the City of Seattle won a legal round in its case against the Trump Administration over its “sanctuary city” policy when the judge overseeing the case denied the DOJ’s motion to dismiss the case.
Today the Department of Justice and the Community Police Commission both submitted briefs to Judge Robart urging him to find the Seattle Police Department in “full and effective compliance” with the consent decree.