The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers was formed twenty-seven years ago to improve the quality and administration of justice.  WACDL has over 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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Macklemore speaks at 20 year celebration of King County Drug Court
Seattle Times: The audience at the King County Courthouse knew the man standing in front of them as Macklemore, the award-winning rapper whose songs like “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love” catapulted him into superstardom.
Wrongfully convicted Seattle man awarded nearly $500,000
Seattle Times: A Seattle man who spent 10 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of robbery and burglary was awarded $496,712.
Before the Law
The New Yorker: A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life.
U.S. District Court judge helps develop tech tool for parolees
ABA Journal: Ann Aiken has long been troubled by the number of new federal prison inmates being locked up for violating supervised release. Each year between 8 and 15 percent of inmates are finding themselves behind bars for probation and parole violations, many of them related to drugs, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
After Nearly 23 Years of Legal Struggle, a Conviction Is Reversed
New York Times: Everton Wagstaffe, who refused to leave prison on probation because he viewed it as a surrender of his claim of innocence in the death of a teenage girl, learned on Wednesday that he had prevailed in a struggle that he began from behind bars nearly 23 years ago.
State v. Mecham
On September 18, WACDL filed an amicus brief in State v. Mecham.
Stevens County prosecutor wants guilty verdicts reviewed
Spokesman-Review: The Stevens County prosecuting attorney is taking the unusual step of asking a court to review five guilty verdicts amid concerns that defendants’ constitutional rights may have been violated.
North Carolina Cuts Prison Time for Probation Violators, and Costs
New York Times: André Duckett, 43, had an unpleasant surprise when he came in to see his probation officer. After missing some previous appointments, he had just failed a drug test, the officer told him, and he was going to spend the next three days in jail.
Documents: Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data
The News Tribune: The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away.
Panel begins work on ways to reduce region’s crime rate
The Spokesman-Review: Eight months after a blue ribbon panel submitted 58 pages of recommendations for criminal justice reforms in Spokane County, the leaders who are responsible for implementing the reforms went to work...
End state law that criminalizes mental health patients
Seattle Times: A misguided state law and a tough-on-crime approach fills prisons and jails with mentally ill inmates.
State court expands convicts' access to DNA testing
KOMO News: Washington's Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for convicts to obtain DNA testing that could prove their innocence.
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Upcoming Events
Ace the Case: Getting Started in Misdemeanor Defense Oct 31, 2014 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM — 1111 3rd Ave, 23rd floor conference room, Seattle
Federal Bar: Making an Appellate Record Nov 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM — USDC, 19th Floor, 700 Stewart St, Seattle
Hot Topics in Criminal Defense: Pre-Filing to Post-Conviction Dec 05, 2014 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM — The Conference Center (WSCC)
WACDL Holiday Party & Auction Dec 05, 2014 05:30 PM - 11:00 PM — The Conference Center at the Washington State Convention Center (Seattle)
Federal Bar: Ethics with John Strait Dec 10, 2014 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM — USDC, 19th Floor, 700 Stewart St, Seattle