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City of Auburn v. Hedlund

Supreme Court of Washington
201 P.3d 315 (2009)


Facts

Hedlund (defendant) hosted a party where many people were drinking to excess and a camcorder was being passed around in order to show the debauchery of the night. After Hedlund’s mother came home, she had everybody leave the house, and one of the drunken individuals at the party got behind the wheel.  With the camera still depicting the actions during the ride, the intoxicated driver hit a concrete barrier, killing everyone in the car except for Hedlund, who experienced severe injuries herself. After months of recovery and rehabilitation in the hospital, Hedlund was charged as an accomplice to driving under the influence (DUI) for her actions that night. The trial court convicted Hedlund, but the court of appeals reversed her conviction based on unrelated cumulative errors. The City of Auburn appealed this reversal to the Supreme Court of Washington.

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