Once we filed our “Opening Brief,” the State of Washington had 30 days to file a “Rebuttal Brief,” and they did.
Assuming it would be the same nonsense as always (with the State desperately trying to twist and distort the facts to make a case where they themselves know none exists), I never bothered to look at it . . . at first.
And sure enough, I was right.
In turn, we filed our “Reply Brief,” which addressed the foolishness in their rebuttal.
For anyone so interested, attached here is the Reply Brief.
We anticipate an oral argument hearing sometime in the summer. It’s a simple affair with each side having 10 or 20 minutes to explain their position and perhaps answer questions posed by the three-person court.
And then, we wait.
The last appeal where the court determined we were 100% right about the ownership of the tax sale overages, (with the State being 100% wrong, btw) took another five or six months from the hearing date to learn of their decision.
That puts us into the end of the 2010 or even the beginning of 2011 until results of the appeal are known. And, if successful, we get to go right back into court and do it all over again.
That’s the hope, at least.