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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.

WA Legal Roundup: Division II

State of Washington v. Lormor

Lormor was convicted of possession of uncontrolled substance (meth).  The trial court prohibited his almost four year old daughter from the the proceedings when the state argued that he wanted his daughter present to elicit sympathy from the jury.  His defense counsel did not object to the closure.  Lormore appeals his conviction arguing that the exclusion was a violation of his right to a public trial and the failure of his counsel to object denied him the right of effective assistance of counsel. 

There is a two part test to determine whether the right to a public trial is violated.  The court will determine whether the trial court’s ruling implicated the defendant's right and if so they will look to ensure the court properly considered the Bone-Club-5 factors.  Here, the court found that the closure did not implicate Lormor’s right to a public trial when the child was the only person excluded, her presence would not ensure that the parties carry out their duties responsibly, and she was too young to aid in jury selection. 

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