Supreme Court Calls a Do-Over

Armen Yousoufian wanted some records on King County's push to build taxpayer-funded Qwest Field. King County didn't want to give them, so Yousoufian sued. Eventually, in an opinion written by Richard Sanders, the state Supreme Court ruled that Yousoufian was entitled to a bunch of money. Except by ruling that way, Sanders stood to make a lot of of money himself, as he had a similar case going. (He even cited his own ruling in the arguments for it.).

For that reason, reports the Seattle Times, the court vacated the ruling in the Yousoufian case, meaning it has to be ruled on all over again. This decision comes on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that the U.S. Constitution can force judges to recuse themselves from cases in which they have a stake or appear to have a stake. The P-I takes a look at the potential local repercussions. For more on judicial elections and money, read my feature from last October.

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