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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 - WA Supreme Court: Dismissed convictions don't count; Post conviction DNA test goes forward due to non-admitted statement

So there's really not much going on at the Court. We have Snohomish County Pub. Transp. Benefit Area Corp. v. FirstGroup Am., Inc., which is really just about an indemnity clause (*yawn*).

We have State v. Johnson, which makes me chuckle because of the euphamism for male genitalia (my sense of humor never progressed much beyond a sixth grade level). Anyhow, that case simply stated the obvious. Chris Hansen can get people to pose as little girls, and when you try to have sex with them thinking they're little girls, you can be found guilty of a crime. Substitute a police sergeant for Chris Hansen, and substitute undercover detectives for the actors on To Catch a Predator, and you see where this is going.

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There were, however, two interesting cases, both criminal.

State v. Thompson involved post-conviction DNA testing. Under the standard, you really have to show that you stand a more probable than not chance of a different result. Here, the guy is alleged to have beat and raped a girl, and there is a statement that said he had consensual sex with her. So DNA wouldn't make a difference, right? Well, unfortunately, the prosecutor let slide the statement under a stipulation saying it would only be used if he testified. Had there been a hearing on the admissibility of the statement, could have used it in analyzing the post-conviction DNA request. So he gets his test, but my guess here is that it probably won't make a lick of difference.

In re: Personal Restraint of Carrier

This is an interesting analysis of post-conviction dismissal under the sentencing reform act. I won't bore you with the details, but if you have a 3 strikes case with a post-conviction dismissal under the SRA, you should definitely get to know this case. Maybe take it out for dinner. A couple nice glasses of wine. Definitely be sure to call this case the next day, but don't wait the full three days, you don't want to look like you're playing games.

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