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Issaquah Law Group - Personal 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 Supreme Court: Pot conviction upheld, but should have been able to present medical exception.

State v. Fry

The man took Fry's weed! But see, he tried to tell them it was medical, man. But they weren't diggin it, and got a warrant anyway. Fry's doc said he suffered from, "severe anxiety, rage, & depression related to childhood."

Fry tried to argue that the warrant doesn't hold up because his note negated probable cause. Unfortunately for Fry, the compassionate use defense is just that, an affirmative defense. It doesn't affect PC one bit. The statute says terminal or debilitating illness. Even as amended, his rage didn't qualify.

Harshed his mellow, brah.

But, because this was a 4-4-1 split, we must look to the concurrence and see where the Venn diagram creates new law. Essentially, none is created as to the disqualification of the defense. In fact, there is a 5-4 majority that the defense should have been allowed. However, the concurrence also agrees with the result.

So we have 8-1 for the result of Fry being convicted. But we have 5-4 that Fry should have been allowed to present his defense.

Sanders in his dissent makes a very valid point. The lead opinion would have upheld the warrant on the basis that there were still valid reasons to search, such as determining that the amount of marijuana possessed was over two pounds. However, they only had PC that there was marijuana, not that it was over and above the possessible amount.

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