Wash. Justices Toss 1916 Ruling Rooted In 'Racial Injustice'

Law360 (July 13, 2020, 4:31 PM EDT) -- The Washington Supreme Court has reversed a 1916 ruling it made in favor of Washington State, saying the imposition of criminal charges against a Yakama Nation man for fishing outside of his reservation was rooted in "racial injustice."

The initial ruling wrongfully gave precedence to a land title that "came from white men," the court said Friday. Reversing it, the justices added, upholds priorities in an open letter they published on June 4, stating that "the injustice still plaguing our country … cannot be addressed without the individual and collective actions of us all."

"Injustice has many faces and forms, and...

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