The Court will hear three cases on Thursday, Jan. 14.  Here is a brief synopsis of the cases to be heard:

9 to 10:05 a.m. 

No. 91438  State v. Fisher and Corey

Whether in a felony murder prosecution predicated on the commission of robbery the trial court erred in failing to instruct the jury on the defendant’s claimed affirmative defense that she lacked knowledge that her codefendants were armed and planned a robbery.

10:15 to 10:55 a.m. 

91644-6 (C/A 71752-9-I) Binschus v. Skagit County

Whether in a negligence action against a county stemming from the death or injury of several persons at the hands of a former jail inmate a month after his release from jail, the county may be liable under its “take charge” duty to control the inmate on the basis of its alleged failure to adequately diagnose and treat the inmate for his mental condition while he was incarcerated.  

1:30 to 2:15 p.m. 

No. 91945 Saucedo, et al. v. John Hancock Life & Health Ins. Co., et al.

Whether in this class action for violation of the Farm Labor Contractor Act, chapter 19.30 RCW , an entity that was paid a fee to manage all aspects of farming an apple orchard, including hiring workers and making all planting and harvesting decisions, was  a “farm labor contractor” required to have a license under the act, and if so, whether two companies who contracted with the unlicensed contractor to manage the orchard are jointly and severally liable under RCW 19.30.200 for “knowingly” using an unlicensed contractor’s services when they did not know the contractor was unlicensed but failed to inspect the license or verify whether the contractor was licensed.  

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