State v. DeVries 149 Wn.2d 842 (2003)

William D. Edelblute

Practice Area:Appeals

Outcome:Conviction reversed and charged dismissed.

Description:I was contacted by the trial lawyer for help! The trial judge did not even allow him to make a closing argument for this alleged juvenile offender. That made me know I had to take the case. The Court of Appeals reversed the conviction due to the failure to even let defense counsel argue, but remanded for a new trial. That was not acceptable, there simply was no evidence to support the conviction. I asked the Supreme Court for review, and they dismissed the charge for lack of evidence, completely exonerating this unfairly accused high school student.