The State of Washington has greatly contributed to the strange result which is the subject of inquiry here. Two important cases leading to this result reached the United States Supreme Court from this State. One case was appealed from the State Supreme Court. One was appealed through the Circuit Court of Appeals from a decision of the United States District Court in Seattle. The cases are almost thirty years apart. To appreciate the absurdity of the present state of the law some background material is needed.
Seamen Are "Wards of the Admiralty" But Longshoremen Are Now More Privileged,
29 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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