Recent Appellate Cases Handled by the Firm

Appeal: State of Washington v. Edo Aslanyan, Case No. 63142-0-I (Div. 1).

Court Rejects Prosecutorial Misconduct Claim Where Prosecutor Made References to Anti-Semitism.

The Court of Appeals has rejected a prosecutorial misconduct claim where the prosecutor made several gratuitous references to anti-Semitism in closing argument. The defendant was charged with first degreeassault after shooting a man in the course of a fight. The shooting victim claimed he confronted the defendant because a Jewish friend had been insulted at the defendant's party. The issue of anti-Semitic comments was raised only briefly during trial, and no witness ever testified to what the actual references were. In closing argument the prosecutor gave specific examples of anti-Semitic statements, which the defense argued on appeal was an attempt to sway the jury to feel sympathy for the victim, and to resentment towards the defendant. The Court affirmed the conviction finding the comments were not egregious, but more importantly it faulted the trial lawyer for failing to object to the argument during trial.

Practice area(s): Appeals

Court: Court of Appeals - Division 1

Ryan Robertson

Ryan is a creative and articulate advocate who limits his practice to criminal appeals and post-conviction relief including vacation, expungement, and sealing of records. He has worked exclusively in the criminal defense field since passing the Washington State bar exam in 1998. Ryan has been recognized as a Rising Star lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine.

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