OLYMPIA – The state Court of Appeals on Monday overturned legislative attempts to further restrict the availability of unemployment checks to people who voluntarily quit their jobs.
In a Snohomish County case, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals in Seattle unanimously found that the statute addressing the issue was unconstitutional because the title of the 2003 bill failed to reflect what was in the bill. A subsequent attempt by the Legislature to rectify that problem last year was unconstitutional for the same reason.
The court ordered the case back to Employment Security to determine whether Kusum Batey, who quit her job as an advocate for the Snohomish County Center for Battered Women, had good cause under the law as it existed in 2002.
Seattle: Washington Hells Angels trial starts
One man was beaten severely. Another, clubbed with a ballpeen hammer, flatlined on his way to the hospital. A third, shot three times in the chest, was found dead in a Snohomish County ravine.
All were victims of a Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tessa Gorman told jurors Monday at the start of a federal racketeering case against several members of the Washington state chapter.