Washington State Supreme Court Rules Immigration Status is Inadmissible in Court
The Washington State Supreme Court ruled in a historic decision regarding one’s immigration status, making this information inadmissible in criminal and civil cases. This decision came following a case in which our legal team at Kornfeld Law represented the plaintiff, carpenter Alex Salas. After he fell from a ladder, he suffered 10 fractures and pursued compensation for all he endured. The construction site’s scaffolding subcontractor did not meet code requirements, but Salas was not awarded anything even once the jury decided the company was negligent. 10 years after the incident, a jury has awarded our client $2.6 million.
However, the difference between these 2 juries is the 1st jury knew Salas’ visa had expired, while the 2nd jury did not. We believe the first jury did not need to know this, as it made them prejudiced to the situation at hand. This was ruled by the state’s Supreme Court as an abuse of discretion, allowing our client to face trial under fair and just circumstances. In the future, any and all immigrants will not have their status held against them in a court of law. Our legal team at Kornfeld Law is honored to have been part of such a significant and positive change in the legal realm.
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