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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On July 16, 2015 the Washington State Supreme Court issued its ruling in this case, regarding jury selection and open courts, rejecting the position WACDL took in its amicus brief.
Daily News Online: The increase is driven by a state Supreme Court decision on maximum public defender caseloads, and city leaders say there is little to do aside from meet the requirement.
New York Times: As many as 80 percent of the girls in some states’ juvenile justice systems have a history of sexual or physical abuse, according to a report released Thursday.
Seattle Times: Keeping inmates close to families will keep our communities safer, and maintain the focus on corrections, not the warehousing of prisoners.
Yakima Herald: After more than two years of planning, Yakima County is now set to implement a pre-trial program that will allow suspects accused of low-level, non-violent crimes to be released from jail while awaiting trial.
Seattle Times: More than 100 years ago, Washington lawmakers created a separate juvenile-justice system because they recognized that society benefits when juvenile courts focus on both accountability and rehabilitation.
Skagit Valley Herald: A Skagit County judge has found Western State Hospital in contempt of court after delays in transporting a mentally ill defendant from jail to receive psychiatric treatment.
Seattle Times: A teenage boy convicted of obstruction after yelling and cursing at three Seattle police officers while they were investigating a disturbance at his house had a First Amendment right to behave the way he did.
The Guardian: Judge Victoria Pratt looks defendants in the eye, asks them to write essays about their goals, and applauds them for complying – and she is getting results.
News Tribune Opinion: About 10 years ago, a grad student studied two large-city jails back East. That writer thought 75 percent of those incarcerated were adults with undiagnosed or untreated ADD and ADHD.
The New Yorker: The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (A.E.D.P.A.) is surely one of the worst statutes ever passed by Congress and signed into law by a President.