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Anderson wins trial for client accused of sexual abuse

Attorney Neil Anderson won a trial Dec. 9 for a client charged with five sex offenses stemming from recent accusations he abused his half sister years ago.

The trial began Dec. 6 in Clark County Superior Court. Anderson was assisted at trial by attorney Ricky Tucker.

The 12-person jury deliberated about two hours before unanimously agreeing to acquit the client on all charges: one count of rape of a child in the first degree and four counts of child molestation in the first degree.

The charges were based on allegations, made in December 2019, that the client abused his half sister multiple times in 2014.

A conviction would have carried a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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Arefi-Pour wins District Court trial

Attorney Leila Arefi-Pour won a trial in Clark County District Court this week for a client charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment.

Jurors deliberated approximately 45 minutes on June 15 before returning the not-guilty verdicts.

Harassment and fourth-degree assault, both gross misdemeanors, carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail each.

Arefi-Pour’s client was arrested May 2 after two of his roommates alleged he had pushed one of them and threatened another during an argument.

Both alleged victims testified at trial that the argument broke out over where to smoke in the shared apartment and that during the argument, Arefi-Pour’s client hit one of them and threatened bodily harm to the other. However, over the course of questioning by prosecution and defense, numerous inconsistencies in both alleged victims came out which Arefi-Pour was able to effectively highlight.

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Kauffman wins sexual assault trial

Attorney Katie Kauffman won a trial in Clark County Superior Court last week for a client whose charges were upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony after he refused a deputy prosecutor’s plea offer.

The client, 43, was arrested in January 2020 by Clark County sheriff’s deputies for assault in the fourth degree with sexual motivation, a misdemeanor. His arrest was based on an allegation from a family friend who had been spending the night.

She told deputies that she woke up in the middle of the night when the client was touching her butt. The alleged victim, 22, said the client touched her on the outside of her pajama pants.

Our client denied any inappropriate touching and said he simply put a blanket over the woman.

When he refused to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge in District Court, a deputy prosecutor attorney filed a new charge of indecent liberties in Superior Court.

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Attempted murder charges dismissed due to client's mental illness

Attorney Katie Kauffman got an attempted murder charge dismissed for a client whom doctors for the state and defense agreed was mentally incompetent to stand trial.

A Clark County deputy prosecutor dismissed the criminal charge on June 11. The client remains at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash., where he may be stay pending an evaluation to determine whether he should be civilly committed. 

Kauffman’s client, 42, was arrested in August 2020 by Vancouver police officers after allegedly stabbing a man outside Living Hope Church. The stabbing victim worked for the church, helping manage what was described in police reports as an “improvised tent village.” Kauffman’s client had been among those sleeping in tents outside the church.

He was charged with attempted murder in the first degree, a class A felony punishable by a minimum of 15 years in prison.

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