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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.

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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