McKenna on KIRO: Can sex offenders be barred from Facebook?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case out of North Carolina, where a registered sex offender was caught using Facebook. North Carolina bars sex offenders from using social media sites that children can join, a law that some are challenging as too sweeping. The case landed before the U.S. Supreme Court on […]

State, SEIU dragged kicking and screaming toward change

One way to gauge how seriously a gubernatorial administration takes an issue is to observe how many meetings it devotes to the topic. By that measure, the Inslee administration took the Service Employees International Union’s worries about 2014’s famous Harris case very seriously. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Harris – that state-reimbursed homecare workers […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can gov’t force fingerprint to unlock phone?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a thorny case out of Minnesota, where a judge ordered a burglary suspect to provide his fingerprint to unlock his cell phone. The man appealed, arguing that doing so violated his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. A Minnesota appeals court ruled against him, saying that providing the […]

Help on the way for rural areas? Fix to water ruling is critical

Last fall, a state Supreme Court ruling in a water case severely curtailed economic development in rural Washington and hurt families who were just following the rules. Known as the Hirst decision, it was a major hit to areas that aren’t a part of the Seattle-area tech boom. The case, which originated in Whatcom County, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Microsoft vs feds on data stored overseas

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a legal tussle between the federal government and Microsoft over when and how the government can access emails that are stored on servers overseas. According to The Hill, “Microsoft had argued it was bound to abide by the law of Ireland and that the Department of Justice […]

It’s time to move on from the death penalty in Washington

Last week, I joined a bipartisan group of legislators and Attorney General Bob Ferguson in Olympia to support a bill that would repeal the death penalty in our state. The repeal would not be retroactive; those who sit on death row today would still be under the sentence they received for the murders they committed. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Repealing Washington’s death penalty

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about his presence at a bipartisan press conference on Monday, where Republican and Democrats backed a bill requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to repeal Washington’s death penalty. Dave Ross: “Have you ever changed your mind about something of that magnitude before?” Rob McKenna: “I don’t know. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can California stop IMDb from publishing actors’ ages?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a new California law that would require the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) to take down the birthdates and real ages of actors who request it. The law “was meant to combat ageism in the industry,” but IMDb is fighting it in court on First Amendment grounds. Dave […]

McKenna on KIRO: Distracted driving lawsuit against Apple

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case in Texas in which a young child was killed by a distracted driver using FaceTime. The driver was charged with manslaughter, and the family is going after Apple in a civil suit. Rob McKenna: “The really interesting question is, when are we going to have […]

Parents know best, the WEA thinks it knows better on charter schools

It’s Round 2 of the judicial fight over charter schools in Washington. In a new wrinkle last week, a King County judge tossed several plaintiffs off the case, ruling that they don’t have standing to sue against public charter schools. Now groups like the Aerospace Machinists, the League of Women Voters, El Centro de la […]