Talking to the enemy

You’re driving along Columbia Center Boulevard in Kennewick and suddenly a car pulls out in front of you. There’s no time to even hit the brakes. After making sure everyone is all right and reporting the collision to the authorities, you wonder how you’ll get your car fixed and whose Read more…

Double Jeopardy

 The latin phrase “non bis in idem” is translated as “not twice in the same thing” and refers to the right of a defendant to be protected from prosecution for the same crime twice. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “No person shall be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” This is not exclusively an American doctrine, and is found in a similar form in the federal law of nearly every other modern country. In fact, every member of the Council of Europe has signed a convention which regulates human rights. Article Four of Protocol Seven of the Convention says that no person can be charged again for a crime that they have already been acquitted or convicted of. Laws that guard against double jeopardy are extremely important in any modern legal system, because of the how corrupt and easily abusable repeat trials would be.

A jury of your peers

I attended a murder trial last week. Not in any sort of official way, but simply as a learning experience. As a high school intern at Anderson Law in Kennewick, I have the opportunity to investigate law as a career. So, with the help of Anderson Law attorney Edwardo Morfin, Read more…

With great power comes great responsibility

 “With great power comes great responsibility”— I know, I know, that’s a quote most popularly attributed to a Spiderman comic book, but it’s true. When one has it in their power to be able to help others, one should not take this responsibility lightly. That’s why I have committed myself to being of service to my community. 

Road Trip to California

The last time you went on a road trip to another state you probably had a lot of things going through your mind. Did you pack everything? Where are you going to stop for gas? How long can I take fast food? I hope the kids sleep. And on and on. But you probably aren’t thinking about the difference in laws. It may surprise you, but not all states protect motorists as well as Washington does. Edwardo Morfin, an attorney at Anderson Law in Kennewick, recently had the opportunity to sit down with a California attorney to discuss some of those differences. Here is what he found out.

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