Which Constitution? Eleven Years of Gunwall in Washington State
30 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2010
Date Written: 1998
Reviews and analyzes all Washington Supreme Court cases from 1986 to 1997 that cited State v. Gunwall for its six-step approach to applying the State Constitution when analogous provisions of the United States Constitution also apply. Concludes that despite a stated policy of resorting to the state constitution and ample opportunity to do so, during this eleven-year period the Washington court typically avoided application of Washington's constitution. The paper recommends a number of approaches that the Washington Supreme Court might take to increase appropriate briefing on state constitutional issues by lawyers.
Keywords: State Constitutional Law
JEL Classification: K19
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