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Alexander Ransom’s Legal Cases

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  • Felony Harassment & Assault Fourth Degree #08-1-00195-7

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Apr 16, 2008
    Outcome:
    Jury Acquittal on Assault charges, Hung Jury & Mistrial on Felony Harassment.
    Description:
    Client was charged with Felony Harassment and two counts of Assault Fourth Degree. The incident involved a confrontation between client and numerous grocery store employees who refused to sell him alcohol. The case was tried in Whatcom County Superior Court before a 12-person jury. Numerous obstacles arose throughout trial. In short, because client chose not to testify, the trial judge refused to allow Mr. Ransom to argue self defense. Despite these obstacles, the jury returned favorable "not guilty" verdicts on the Assault charges and was undecided on the Felony Harassment charge. The hung jury resulted in a mistrial of the State's Felony Harassment charge.
  • Theft Third Degree #CB-52919

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Oct 18, 2006
    Outcome:
    Full Jury Acquittal
    Description:
    Client was charged with Theft Third Degree, a gross misdemeanor, for allegedly stealing furniture from a garage sale. The jury saw a lack of evidence to the charge and general lack of intent on the part of client. She testified to paying for the furniture, which was openly loaded into her van by citizens working the garage sale. As a result, the jury acquitted client.
  • Assault Fourth Degree, Malicious Mischief & Interfering With 911 Call Domestic Violence #CB-54243, #CB 54244

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Sep 04, 2006
    Outcome:
    Jury Acquittal on Assault DV and Interfering With 911 Call DV
    Description:
    Client was charged with Assault Fourth Degree DV, Interfering With a 911 Call DV and Malicious Mischief DV following an argument between herself and her fiance. We convinced the jury that client responded in self defense and had no intention of stopping her fiance from calling police. Client's case was acquitted due to lack of evidence.
  • Victoria Walker v. Island County (Police Misconduct Lawsuit)

    Practice Area:
    Lawsuits & Disputes
    Date:
    Feb 04, 2009
    Outcome:
    Obtained $150,000 settlement in client's favor
    Description:
    Ms. Walker was unlawfully imprisoned and assaulted by someone she thought was a friend. She called 911 from the assailant's home two times. The officer who was dispatched to the 911 call failed to adequately respond and/or investigate the matter. Ms. Walker eventually escaped from the cabin and contacted authorities. The deputy was terminated from employment. I filed a public disclosure request seeking all information regarding the case. We successfully obtained all police reports, internal investigation reports, an arbitration decision and a past disciplinary notice given to the deputy for similar failures to respond. I also filed a Notice of Claim against Island County claiming police negligence. The case was resolved through out-of-court negotiations with the Washington Counties Risk Pool. For more information, please review the following email address: http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/swr/news/39677784.html
  • Rape of a Child Third Degree (Statutory Rape) #09-1-00579-9

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jun 29, 2010
    Outcome:
    Jury Acquittal on 2 counts Rape of a Child Third Degree.
    Description:
    Client faced 4 Counts Rape of a Child Third Degree (Statutory Rape). The alleged victim was 15, and client was 22. They were alleged to have engaged in a mutual sexual relationship. Client did not testify. At sentencing, Mr. Ransom requested a SSOSA sentence from the judge. This sentencing alternative has a treatment-based approach and avoids long prison sentences. The court followed Mr. Ransom's recommendations and ruled in favor of the SSOSA sentence.
  • Malicious Mischief Third Degree Domestic Violence #CB-63254

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    May 14, 2008
    Outcome:
    Full Jury Acquittal
    Description:
    Client faced one count of Malicious Mischief Third Degree Domestic Violence. He allegedly struck a wall with his fist and damaged it while arguing with his wife and son. Defendant testified to lack of intent and said his hand accidentally struck the wall while he was gesticulating rapid hand movements. At trial, the City tried to produce photos of the damaged wall. The evidence was suppressed because the City prosecutor failed to provide the pictures until the day of trial. The City Prosecutor was severely admonished for the discovery violation. Mr. Ransom served as co-counsel on Mr. Webb's defense team.
  • Driving While Under the Influence #C-784644

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 11, 2011
    Outcome:
    Full Jury Acquittal.
    Description:
    DUI Refusal case. Trooper failed to establish probable cause for DUI pullover and arrest. Client was driving a car she never drove before, it had a defective tailight and it stalled because it was a stick shift vehicle. Trooper believed he smelled "fruity alcohol" on client's breath. After arrest, officer drove her to police station for a BAC breath test. The communication broke down quickly and drastically. Trooper entered a "Refusal" DUI.
  • Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence #CB-69963

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Mar 08, 2011
    Outcome:
    Full Jury Acquittal.
    Description:
    Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence. Jury upheld client's self defense arguments and found the alleged victim instigated incident.
  • Theft Third Degree

    Practice Area:
    State, Local And Municipal Law
    Date:
    Apr 18, 2002
    Outcome:
    Guilty (Mr. Ransom was Prosecuting Attorney)
    Description:
    Mr. Ransom argued this jury trial while interning at the City of Kent's Prosecutor Office, and while attending law school. Defendant stole athletic shoes from a department store. The act was caught on surveillance tape. The jury rendered a guilty verdict in less than one hour.
  • Possession of Cocaine, Bail Jumping, Intimidating a Witness & Witness Tampering #10-1-00038-3

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 14, 2011
    Outcome:
    Jury Acquittal on Witness Tampering and Intimidating a Witness.
    Description:
    Client charged with Possession of Cocaine, Bail Jumping, Witness Tampering and Intimidating a Witness. Client gave a drug-abusing friend a ride to the grocery store. Police pull client over on warrants. On the pullover, police notice "furtive movement" exchanged between client and her friend. Police arrest both. They fail to find contraband on client. Police question and search client's friend. They recover two pipes and two bindles of cocaine. At trial, prosecutor argued client had constructive possession of the cocaine even though she did not possess it on her body. While the case is pending, client fails to arrive at one of her court hearings. Her explanation was that she ran out of methadone, a legal drug that many use to overcome their addiction to heroin. As a result of missing court, the State charged client with Bail Jumping. Months later, and while the case is pending, client unintentionally meets her "friend" on the bus. Words are exchanged. The friend later contacts the Prosecutor and says client threatened her to not testify. The State charges Tampering With a Witness and Witness Intimidation even though there was no independent evidence. The jury agreed, and ruled "not guilty."