State Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at Seattle University School of Law

On Tuesday, October 11, the State Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from three cases in the courtroom at the School of Law. All students are encouraged to attend. However, once the courtroom seating is filled to capacity, students will need to view the proceedings on the student lounge television, next to the sidebar.

Supreme Court Itinerary

Chief Justice Gerry Alexander and Justices Charles W. Johnson, Barbara A. Madsen, Richard B. Sanders, Bobbe J. Bridge, Tom Chambers, Susan Owens, Mary Fairhurst and James M. Johnson will hear the following oral arguments:

9 a.m. No. 76533-2, State (respondent) v. Young (petitioner): Whether admission of a statement under the “excited utterance” exception to the hearsay rule requires independent evidence of the predicate startling event or condition.
9:40 a.m. Recess
9:50 a.m. No. 76726-2, T.S. (respondent) v. Boy Scouts of America (petitioner): Whether a party in a civil case may, based on article I, section 7 of the Washington Constitution, preclude discovery of records that contain confidential information regarding non-parties.
10:50 a.m. Question and Answer session w/audience.
11:10 a.m. Conference / Lunch
1:30 p.m. No. 76544-8, State (respondent) v. Johnston (petitioner): Whether RCW 9.61.160, which criminalizes threatening to bomb any public or private building, requires the State to prove that the threat was a “true threat” and thus is not protected by the First Amendment.
2:10 p.m. Question and Answer session w/ audience.
2:30 p.m. Recess to Conference

Written opinions are rendered approximately three to six months after oral arguments. For further information regarding the Court, visit the Washington Courts Web site at