May 2018 Bar Bulletin
Editor’s Note: Due to the volume of recent opinions, we are not able to include a summary of each case. We have selected those that we believe have the most impact.
State v. Fletcher
No. 94329-0, March 8 (9-0 – 3 justices concurring)
If a criminal defendant is acquitted due to insanity, the judge must then decide what to do with him or her. An acquitted person who constitutes a substantial danger to others, or who presents a substantial likelihood of committing criminal acts jeopardizing public safety or security unless kept under further control of the court, other persons, or institutions, “shall” be committed...