The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers was formed twenty-five 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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Seattle v. Fisher Broadcasting
On June 12, 2014, the Washington State Court ruled in our favor in Seattle v. Fisher Broadcasting, a case where WACDL filed an amicus brief.
Prison until death is cruel, unusual for 13-year-old
News Tribune: The case of Barry Massey — the notorious 13-year-old killer — gets right down to the bedrock concerns of justice. It’s all about the border between retribution and redemption.
Court Extends Curbs on the Death Penalty in a Florida Ruling
New York Times: The Supreme Court on Tuesday continued a trend to limit capital punishment, ruling that Florida’s I.Q. score cutoff was too rigid to decide which mentally disabled individuals must be spared the death penalty.
In Re PRP of Maribel Gomez, No. 86711-9,
In May of 2014, the Washington State Supreme Court issued its ruling in this case, where WACDL had filed an amicus brief.
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