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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP - PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION LAWYERS

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.

Division II: Murder Conviction Stands Despite Sixth Amendment Violation

State v. Fisher

Under the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, you have the right to confront witnesses. This means that in big cases, sometimes you have to split up defendants, so that one defendant’s confession can’t be used against the other defendant. I mean, you could tell the jury to disregard it, but lets be real here. That bell can’t be unrung. Here, the transcript of a co-defendant was used at trial, and simply substituting the name of the defendant with “the first guy,” when it still pretty clearly points to the defendant doesn’t exactly resolve the issue. 

Now here, the Court said that that little substitution did amount to a violation. There was a another pretty clear violation when the redaction just didn’t happen, and they referred to him by name. but that it was harmless error, and that it wouldn’t have had a difference beyond a reasonable doubt. 

So what was the other evidence?

  • Cell phone records placing him at the scene
  • Eyewitness identification
  • Confessing guilt to a fellow inmate
  • Disclosing details only known to law enforcement

Now, the first two may not have held much effect. However, the last two are pretty rock solid. The conviction stands.

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