Logourl black
From our private database of 14,000+ case briefs...

Washington v. Workman

Supreme Court of Washington
584 P.2d 382 (1978)


Facts

Lawrence Workman (defendant) and Steven Hughes (defendant) decided to rob a gas station while driving home from a night of entertainment. While both of their wives slept in the car, the defendants parked in an alley behind the station, took a rifle from the car, and loaded the rifle. The defendants also took from the car a gunny sack and a knit cap to use as masks. The defendants hid behind the station’s pay booth, trying to gather the nerve to carry through with the plan. The gas-station attendant went outside, saw the defendants, and called the police. An unmarked police car pulled up and parked across the street from the gas station. A second police car pulled into the alley behind the station. When the first police car pulled into the gas station, the defendants, who had decided not to commit the robbery, began to walk away. Both defendants claimed not to have seen the police cars before abandoning the planned robbery. The defendants were arrested. The rifle was recovered from under Hughes’s clothes. The defendants were charged with attempted first-degree robbery while armed with a deadly weapon. At separate trials, the defendants requested the trial court instruct the jury that abandonment of criminal purpose was an affirmative defense to the crime of attempt. The trial courts refused, and both defendants were convicted. On appeal, the defendants argued that the trial courts erred by refusing to give the requested instruction on abandonment of criminal purpose.

Rule of Law

The rule of law is the black letter law upon which the court rested its decision.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Issue

The issue section includes the dispositive legal issue in the case phrased as a question.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Holding and Reasoning (Horowitz, J.)

The holding and reasoning section includes:

  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 175,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.