I hope this site has provided a useful—or at least an enjoyable—service over the last year. Here are some highlights from cases covered in 2015.
1. “Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.”
- Don’t install a surveillance camera in the women’s changing room.
- Don’t humiliate prisoners gratuitously.
- Don’t hide evidence.
- For heaven’s sake, don’t use your own student as rape bait.
- Don’t arrest someone for rejecting your advances.
- Don’t arrest a juror for truthfully revealing his religious beliefs.
- Party declarations are supposed to be self-serving.
2. Animals and the law
- Ungulates can be dangerous. A bloodthirsty goat. An unpredictable ram.
- Horses: cruelty and cloning
- Walleye gillnetting and tribal sovereignty
- Worm farming gives rise to a surprisingly intricate question of statutory interpretation.
3. An important year for anti-SLAPP laws
- Anti-SLAPP laws can’t override the right to a jury trial.
- State anti-SLAPP laws can’t override the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, at least in the D.C. Circuit.
- You can’t cry anti-SLAPP by relying on somebody else’s—and not your own—speech, at least in Washington.
4. Statutory interpretation at the Washington Supreme Court
- A variety: There was the indisputably correct, the careful and scholarly, the questionable, and the highly dubious.