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Lenell Rae Nussbaum

Lenell Nussbaum’s Legal Cases

27 total

  • State v. Reep

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Sep 27, 2007
    Outcome:
    Reversed convictions of four counts of voyeurism
    Description:
    Appeal to the Washington Supreme Court; reversed client's convictions for voyeurism because evidence seized with invalid warrant.
  • State v. Bland

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 25, 2005
    Outcome:
    Reversed conviction of assault 2 with firearm
    Description:
    Court of Appeals held jury instruction on self defense and defense of property was inadequate; reversed conviction. The state dismissed the charge after remand.
  • State v. Janes

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Murder conviction reversed
    Description:
    This was the first case in the United States to recognize battered child syndrome in the context of self-defense. The defendant, age 17, shot and killed his step-father who had been brutally abusing him, his mother and brother for ten years. His conviction was reversed after five years in prison. After retrial, the jury hung. The case resolved with a plea to manslaughter and credit for time served.
  • State v. Elliott

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Apr 27, 2004
    Outcome:
    Reversed two counts of rape of a child
    Description:
    Appeal from Pierce County; both counts reversed for improper use of polygraph evidence.
  • State v. Martinez

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    May 25, 2004
    Outcome:
    Dismissal of four serious felony charges
    Description:
    The Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of charges of assault 1, robbery 1, burglary 1, and kidnapping 1, because of the prosecutor's misconduct in concealing exculpatory evidence from the defense and misleading the court.
  • State v. Earl

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Sep 10, 1999
    Outcome:
    Dismissed two counts of rape of child
    Description:
    The Court of Appeals reversed and dismissed two counts of rape of a child in the first degree -- after reinstating the client's right to appeal. His first appellate lawyer had filed an Anders brief, claiming there were no issues for appeal. On review, I found there were major errors that justified reversing the convictions and dismissing the charges altogether. The Court of Appeals agreed. Mr. Earl became a free man.
  • State v. Corn

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Apr 06, 1999
    Outcome:
    New trial on manslaughter conviction
    Description:
    The Court of Appeals affirmed the granting of a new trial after a jury convicted Ms. Corn of manslaughter for the death of her abusive boyfriend. The court found the jury instructions on self-defense were erroneous.
  • State v. Karpenski

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Feb 12, 1999
    Outcome:
    Reversed convictions of child rape and molestation
    Description:
    The Court of Appeals reversed the client's convictions for rape of a child 1 and child molestation 1, holding the trial court was wrong to conclude the child was a competent witness. The Court of Appeals redefined the requirements for determining whether a child is competent to be a witness. The charges were dismissed after the case was remanded.
  • State v. Hilton

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 03, 2007
    Outcome:
    Reversed two counts of aggravated murder
    Description:
    The Court of Appeals reversed two counts of aggravated first degree murder from Benton County because the state's search warrants were not valid.
  • Investigation of P.B.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Dec 03, 2007
    Outcome:
    Homicide investigation; no charge filed
    Description:
    Mr. B. shot and killed a man outside a tavern. He was arrested. While he was in jail, my investigator and I located and interviewed the key witnesses. We presented them to the detective and prosecutor. They concluded the shooting was in self-defense. The court released Mr. B at his first appearance on personal recognizance. The prosecutor decided not to file a charge.