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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.

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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.

WA Legal Roundup: Division II

State v. Johnson

Johnson was convicted of 2nd degree child molestation.  He appeals the conviction arguing that the court impermissibly allowed opinion testimony from a law witness, ineffective counsel for failing to object to the testimony, the court impermissibly commented on the evidence, and the trial court improperly imposed an exceptional sentence. 

The State introduced testimony that the wife of the accused had a conversation with the victim and that the victim admitted a sexual relationship with the accused and that based on that information the wife tried to commit suicide.  The trial court gave an instruction that stated that the defendant’s story does not need to be corroborated to be convicted. 

Johnson argued that the trial court should not have allowed the testimony of his wife’s conversation with the victim and her alleged suicide attempt after because it was improper opinion testimony to his guilt and introduced only for the reason that his wife believed that he was guilty.  This was not raised at trial and therefore the court looks to determine if a manifest Constitutional error occurred. The court finds three problems with the testimony; first that it did not shed light on the credibility of any witness or evidence, that the evidence is collateral and a witness should not be impeached on a collateral matter, and finally that it was very prejudicial.  The court also finds that this is a Constitutional error because it implicates Johnson’s right to a fair trial and actually affects his right to a fair trial.  The court explicitly holds that the testimony was inadmissible and served no other purpose but to prejudice the jury. 

The court reverses on the above argument but also holds that the instruction given by the trial court was not a erroneous comment on evidence. 

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