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Hawkins v. King County
Citation:602 P.2d 361 (Wash. App. 1979)
Michael Hawkins (Petitioner) was charged with marijuana possession in Washington. His court-appointed defense attorney, Richard Sanders, was informed by Hawkins’s psychiatrist and family members that Hawkins was mentally ill and dangerous, but Sanders did not volunteer any of this information to the judge at the bail hearing. After Hawkins was released, he attempted suicide by jumping off a bridge, severely injuring himself. Hawkins then brought a claim against Sanders for malpractice. Hawkins argued that Hawkins was negligent and committed legal malpractice by failing to divulge information regarding his client’s mental state at the bail hearing. King County (Respondent) was also a party to the lawsuit.
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