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Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

Washington Legal Roundup – Division I

State v. Garbaccio

Christopher Garbaccio was convicted of possessing child pornography.  On appeal, he argued that the search warrant allowing law enforcement to search his computer was invalid because it had been 5 months since the investigating detective had first identified Mr. Garbaccio’s IP address as being one associated with computer files containing child pornography.  The Court of Appeals held that unlike drugs, which are usually consumed or sold relatively quickly, computer files remain on a computer for long periods of time and even if deleted, metadata that the file existed on the computer can remain indefinitely.

Mr. Garbaccio also claimed on appeal that the search warrant was invalid because it stated that Mr. Garbaccio was intentionally sharing files on the Gnutella network.  Mr. Garbaccio claimed that sharing was the default setting on his peer to peer sharing software and that the statement in the affidavit of probable cause was, therefore, false.  The Court of Appeals held that it would not consider this issue because it had been raised for the first time on appeal.

Mr. Garbaccio also claimed on appeal that the trial court erred by refusing to give his proposed jury instructions.  The Court of Appeals disagreed, holding that the State need only have proved that Mr. Garbaccio knowingly possessed child pornography.  The length of time during which he did so, the Court reasoned, was unimportant.  The Court of Appeals further held that the jury was properly instructed on the law.

Note to criminal lawyers and the public: Crimes involving use of computers and the Internet continue and will continue to be hard to put in the same box as other criminal offenses.

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