No. 87472-7.

320 P.3d 705 (2014)

180 Wn.2d 1

STATE of Washington, Respondent, v. Timothy John DOBBS aka Timothy John St. Louis, Petitioner. In the Matter of the Personal Restraint of Timothy J. Dobbs, Petitioner.

Supreme Court of Washington, En Banc.

March 13, 2014.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Eric Broman , Nielsen Broman & Koch PLLC, Nielsen Broman Koch PLLC, Attorney at Law, Seattle, WA, for Petitioner.

James Smith , Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney, Kelso, WA, for Respondent.

Andrea Ruth Vitalich , King County Prosecutor's Office, Prosecuting Atty King County, King Co Pros/App Unit Supervisor, Seattle, WA, Amicus Curiae on behalf of Washington Assoc. of Prosecuting Attorneys.


¶ 1 Under the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, criminal defendants have the right to confront the witnesses against them. However, if the defendant intentionally causes the absence of a witness from trial, he or she forfeits that right. As the esteemed Justice Tom Chambers wrote, "[W]e will not allow [the defendant] to complain that he was unable to confront [the witness] when [the defendant] bears responsibility for [the witness...

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