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Washington Supreme Court Review: April 2020

April 2020 Bar Bulletin

 

Washington v. Yishmael
No. 96775-0
February 6, 2020

Justice González 
Writes for the Court

The Defendant, Yishmael, was convicted for the unlawful practice of law. Yishamael, who is not an attorney, advised clients to squat in abandoned properties to try and obtain them through adverse possession. After his clients were arrested, Yishmael was prosecuted and convicted for misdemeanor unlawful practice of law. Yishmael appealed the decision on both factual and procedural grounds. The Court affirmed his conviction by finding no error.

Facts:

“In October 2014, four people were arrested. They were among many people who had been advised by Yishmael that they could take up residence...

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