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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP   PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION LAWYERS

Issaquah Law Group - Injury Litigation Attorneys

TRUST: Personal injuries are personal. Which is why the attorneys at ILG treat every client and every case differently. Because they are different, and extremely personal. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built on trust. Trust that you will be heard. Trust that you will be protected. Trust that every effort will be made to see justice done in your case. The singular goal of every ILG attorney is to earn and preserve that trust.

EXPERIENCE: 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 and we bring this experience to bear on behalf of our clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents, bus versus pedestrian accidents, defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice, slip/trip and fall accidents, and catastrophic losses due to fire.

LOCATION: We are located on the Eastside in Issaquah, convenient to Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Sammamish and North Bend. However, we provide legal services in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County and throughout the entire state of Washington.

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. Scherner

Roger Scherner was convicted of three counts of first degree child molestation.  Mr. Scherner is a California resident, who molested several family members who were under age.  Evidence of prior molestations of women who were under age when they were molested by him was admitted at his trial over his objections under ER 404(b).  He claimed that a statute, RCW 10.58.090, which made such evidence was admissible, was an unconstitutional ex post facto law.

The Court of Appeals affirmed his convictions, holding that the prior molestations were part of a common plan or scheme and that RCW 10.58.090 was not an ex post facto law because it did not change the fact that the State still had to prove that he had committed the prior molestations in order to offer the evidence that he had committed them.  The Court of Appeals also rejected arguments based on the Equal Protection Clause, the Due Process Clause and the separation of powers doctrine.

The Court of Appeals also rejected an argument that Bellevue Police Detective Jennifer Robertson had violated RCW 9.07.030 by intercepting telephone conversations where not all parties had consented to the recording. 

The Court of Appeals also rejected the argument that the spousal privilege should have prohibited admissions made to Mr. Scherner’s spouse or that admission of that evidence was harmless.

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