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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. Lui

Sione Lui was convicted of second degree murder for the strangulation death of his fiancée, Elaina Boussiacos.  He argued on appeal that his Sixth Amendment right to confrontation was violated because the medical examiner that performed the autopsy was not called as a witness.  Instead, the medical examiner’s supervisor, who had overseen all of the investigation and signed off on the medical examiner’s report was called. 

The case hinged on whether the report itself was “testimonial” under Crawford v. Washington and the more recently decided Melendez-Diaz v. Washington.  The Court of Appeals determined that Melendez-Diaz was distinguishable.  In Melendez-Diaz the U.S. Supreme Court held that admission of chemical drug test report that was submitted at trial without the testimony of the scientist violated the Sixth Amendment.

Unlike in Melendez-Diaz, however, a medical examiner who had signed off in the report in Lui was called to testify and subjected to “the crucible of cross examination.”

Look for the Washington Supreme Court and perhaps the U.S. Supreme Court to take a look at this case.

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