Case Conclusion Date: 02.08.2007
Practice Area: State, local, and municipal law
Outcome: Held that the ordinance did not apply to the Sleasmans' conduct.
Description: The Sleasmans cut down some trees on their own property. The City of Lacey alleged that a tree ordinance required the Sleasmans to obtain a permit before cutting down the trees and cited the Sleasmans for violation of the ordinance. The Supreme Court held that the ordinance did not apply to the Sleasmans' conduct and that the city had misinterpreted its own ordinance.