In a published decision, the Washington Court of Appeals held that false testimony by a former City of Seattle police officer is admissible in a case brought by an innocent young woman who was rendered quadriplegic by an improper police pursuit, allowing her request for a new trial to proceed. The City was previously found not responsible for her injuries, based on the officer’s false testimony. However, the officer later committed suicide, apparently because of guilt about perjuring himself in the case. After discovering the officer had admitted the perjury to fellow officers before committing suicide, the injured woman sought a new trial. The request was initially denied by the King County Superior Court, but will have to be reconsidered in light of the Court of Appeals’ ruling.
George Ahrend practices law in Moses Lake, and previously served as the lawyer for the largest trial lawyers association in Washington, representing its interests before the Supreme Court in insurance, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability and similar matters.