Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
WACDL was formed to improve the quality and administration of justice. WACDL has close to 1000 members – private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, and related professionals committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.
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News & Information
- Out of Trouble, but Criminal Records Keep Men Out of Work
- New York Times: Mr. Mirsky is a convicted criminal, and work is hard to find.
- Fight over juvenile justice reform comes to Pierce County
- News Tribune: Armed with recent advantageous U.S. Supreme Court rulings, public defenders and youth advocates across the nation have begun demanding reform of tough-on-crime juvenile justice laws enacted two decades ago.
- State Supreme Court weighs warrantless searches of records
- KOMO News: Justices on Washington's Supreme Court had a lot of questions Tuesday about a little-known state law that allows investigators to get a suspect's bank, phone, email and other records without a search warrant.
- Yakima County forum will discuss pre-trial release program
- Yakima-Herald: Yakima County is among three areas selected nationwide to participate in the pilot program that offers judges risk-assessment tools to determine who would most likely return to court and not reoffend while awaiting trial.
- Gov. Jay Inslee’s statement on today’s hearing regarding repeal of Washington’s death penalty law
- “I fully support the bipartisan bills introduced this year to end the death penalty."
- How to Force Prosecutors to Play Fair
- New York Times: When prosecutors cheat and lie repeatedly to win convictions, should their office be held accountable?
- Why I'm a WACDL Member - Neil Fox
- "WACDL is really an amazing organization that all defense attorneys, including public defenders, should join."
- State v. Mecham (No. 90598-3)
- On January 30, 2015, WACDL filed an amicus brief in State v. Mecham.
- Why I'm a WACDL Member - David Hammerstad
- "Fingertip access to advice and support on list serves."
- 'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases
- Seattle Times: The process is designed to weed out jurors who have strong feelings for or against the death penalty. A 1985 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court said a juror can lawfully be excused if his views on the death penalty are so strong that they would prevent or substantially impair his ability to follow the law.
- Why I'm a WACDL Member - Catlin Gibson
- " I cannot say enough about what WACDL has done for me and my career in criminal defense as a paralegal and an investigator."
- Why I'm a WACDL Member - Thomas W. Cox
- "The guidance that I have received from my association with WACDL has kept me in good standing in my legal community."