August 2021 Bar Bulletin
By Christopher L. Young
State v. Denham, No. 98591-0 (Jul. 1, 2021).
At issue: whether a conviction should be overturned because the warrant application failed to establish a sufficient nexus between data obtained by police and the crime. Reversing the court of appeals, the majority held there was a sufficient nexus and affirmed the conviction.
The facts read somewhat like a heist film: someone burgled past a jewelry store’s elaborate security system, cracked a large safe, and made off with much inventory, including a 5.29 carat diamond. You may be thinking you’re in the wrong business but wait:
Shortly after the heist, Denham sold the diamond (with its certification papers) using...