King County Judge Beth Andrus ruled Seattle’s warrantless searches of garbage violates Washington State’s constitution, banning Seattle sanitation workers from looking for possible violations of the city’s composting law in residents’ trash.
The April 27, 2016, ruling in Bonesteel, et al. v. City of Seattle shows states are able to grant rights beyond those guaranteed in the U.S. constitution.
According to the Washington State Constitution, “No person shall be disturbed in his private affairs, or his home invaded, without authority of law.”
“By authorizing garbage collectors to pry through people’s garbage without a warrant, the city has promoted a policy of massive and persistent snooping,” said Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) attorney Ethan Blevins in a statement.
Blevins was one of the PLF lawyers who represented the eight plaintiffs.
“That’s not just wrong as a matter of policy, as the judge has correctly ruled, it is wrong as a matter of law,” said Blevins.
Andrus determined the...
The Obama administration finalized new rules it says will improve drilling safety in the Gulf of Mexico, but some experts are saying the regulations will undermine safety.
The Interior Department, which is responsible for licensing and regulating oil and gas production on the U.S. outer-continental shelf, unveiled the sweeping new regulations on April 14, 2016.
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The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied an application for the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas export terminal proposed for Oregon’s Jordan Cove on March 11, 2016.
FERC’s decision surprised many, because it had approved the LNG terminal’s environmental impact statement in December 2015, clearing the way for the project’s long-awaited construction.
Just one month prior to the Jordan Cove project’s cancellation and after a decade of haggling with local officials and...
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