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July 13, 2020
SEATTLE — Washington state's Supreme Court on Friday vacated a 1916 ruling that allowed a prosecutor to bring criminal charges against a tribal fisherman as racist and unjust.
The justices unanimously said they were compelled to void the decision because “such past opinions can continue to perpetrate injustice by their very existence.” Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis, the state's first Native American justice, read the decision from the bench in Olympia.
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