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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.

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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