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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP

Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. 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 in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

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 v. Hager

Hager appeals the trial court’s denial of his Motion for a New Trial after a State’s witness violated a pre-trial order preventing him from testifying that Hager was evasive during police interrogation.  Hager argued that the trial court violated his Constitutional right against self-incrimination when they refused him a new trial after the State’s witness violated the pre-trial order. 

The State tries to distinguish this case from the Easter case, almost identical to the case at hand by arguing that the witness’s statement was isolated and merely a reference to the defendants silence and not a comment.  The court disagrees with the State and rules that a comment is one where the State is using the defendants silence as evidence evidence of guilt, which is what the court found to be the case here.

The appeals court agreed with Hager and ruled that his right against self incrimination was violated when the trial court did not find a mistrial after the State’s witness testified regarding Hager’s evasiveness during police questioning.  The court reversed, and remanded the case for a new trial.

Judge Hunt dissents.

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