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Case Conclusion Date: 06.05.2015
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Full Jury Acquittal & Reimbursement of Attorney's Fees
Description: Client was charged with Assault Fourth Degree under RCW 9A.36.041. Client allegedly assaulted his neighbor by taking him to the ground and restraining him during an argument. In reality, Client feared for his safety and responded in self-defense because the "victim" was younger, 4-5 inches taller, outweighed client by 60 pounds and had a history of being confrontational and aggressive. Nevertheless, Client was charged with Assault. The case went to trial. Mr. Ransom successfully suppressed all evidence which was irrelevant and prejudicial to client's case. During cross examination, Mr. Ransom exposed the "victim" as hostile, confrontational and financially interested in the outcome of the case because the victim threatened to sue Client. Finally, in addition to persuading the trial judge to allow Mr. Ransom's "Self-Defense" jury instructions, the judge also allowed Mr. Ransom's jury instructions on "Acting on Appearances" and Washington's "Stand your Ground" defense. As a result of Mr. Ransom's efforts at trial, the jury returned a "Not Guilty" verdict under 30 minutes. Furthermore, the jury entered a special verdict mandating the State to reimburse Client's attorney's fees pursuant to RCW 9A.16.110. Client was extremely happy with the acquittal and reimbursement of his attorney's fees.