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Case Conclusion Date: 05.23.2014
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Description: Client charged with Assault following a debacle at a local tavern. Supposedly, the alleged victim was an active member of the PTA. Consequently, the Prosecutor did not believe the defendant responded in self-defense to being punched in the face by the alleged victim. Mr. Ransom successfully obtained medical records and photographic evidence showing the defendant suffered a broken nose during the incident. Mr. Ransom also successfully obtained a court order compelling the Prosecutor to disclose the criminal histories of the victim and witnesses. Through these pretrial motions and investigations, Mr. Ransom discovered the "alleged victim" and witnesses had prior criminal convictions showing assaultive behavior and crimes of dishonesty. This evidence crippled the City's case. Under Washington's Evidence Rule #609, Mr. Ransom may impeach witnesses on their prior crimes of dishonesty and felony convictions if they testified at trial. Also, under WPIC #1, Mr. Ransom may attack the credibility of the City's witnesses in Closing Argument before the jury. Instead, the Prosecutor and Mr. Ransom avoided trial and entered favorable negotiations. The case was dismissed pursuant to a Deferred Sentence.