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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.

Division I: No Restraints at Sentencing (Absent Individualized Reasons)

State v. Walker

Sentencing is carried out by juries. Its extremely prejudicial for someone to be seen in handcuffs and leg restraints unless it is absolutely necessary (outbursts and the like). Well, you can guess why we’re here, that’s exactly what was done. Now, Walker had been convicted, that wasn’t the issue. The issue was restraints in sentencing, which is determined by a judge.

 

Now, Division I determined there is a common law right to appear in court generally free of restraints, which we adopted from the common law of England. They then moved on to the usual restraint findings, which require findings on the record that necessitate the shackling. Here, the record did not support the findings, so it was in error.

Now, do I think this was the proper result? No. A judge, unlike a jury, is presumed to be able to disentangle prejudices such as those from being in restraints. I think the Washington Supreme Court may abandon the parity between trial and sentencing, and instead come up with some lesser burden. But then again, I’m not a Supreme Court Justice.

While Issaquah Legal Services does not yet have a criminal attorney, we plan on having one in the near future. Please feel free to call us for recommendations on a Criminal Law Attorney.

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