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Spokane County judge in legal hissing match over where neighbor's cat does its business

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's like a story off of the satirical news site The Onion. But this one is true. Spokane County Judge Michael Price is in a legal battle with a cat.

The problem began last year when the neighbor's cat kept wondering over to Judge Price's front porch to go number one. The smell got so bad that the Price family couldn't enjoy being outside.

According to Spokane County and the code relating to  "Control of Cats"  “the owner or keeper of the cat shall prevent it from running at large on private property.”  In 1996 Spokane City council passed a leash law requiring cats to be on a leash while off the owner's property.

But that legal case was resolved, and the outcome wasn't immediately clear. There were no fines and no trial. However, Judge Patrick Monasmith from Stevens County ordered to have the records sealed in November 2017.The argument for sealing the docs was to protect Judge Prices identity.

But one man is not having it with this feline fiasco. University of California Los Angles law professor Eugene Volokh filed a motion to unseal the documents arguing that "sealing the order is incorrect under Washington law and the first amendment."

On Friday afternoon a hearing took place to have the documents unsealed. But they will remain sealed because the judge Monasmith was also once represented by Price's attorney Bob Dunn. Now the search is on to find another judge to unseal the documents.

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