Highberg wins trial in malicious mischief case
Attorney Gregger Highberg won a trial last week in Clark County District Court for a client accused of malicious mischief in the third degree, a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
Highberg’s client was accused of damaging his ex-girlfriend’s, ex-husband’s car by throwing a can at the driver’s side door panel. The alleged victim estimated repairs would cost $500 to $1000.
During the July 13 trial, Highberg argued the alleged victim was biased and there were no independent witnesses.
A jury deliberated 15 minutes in Clark County District Court before returning the not-guilty verdict.
While his criminal case is over, Highberg’s client has a pending deportation case. Since he was acquitted, he remains out of custody on a bond he posted in the immigration matter. Had he been convicted, he very likely would have been returned to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
In April, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a complaint on behalf of Highberg’s client. A plain-clothes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent took the client into federal custody after eavesdropping on a conversation with Highberg at the courthouse, and the complaint alleges the agent violated attorney-client privilege.