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
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.
WACDL presented its 2015 annual awards at its annual awards dinner at Campbell's Resort in Chelan on June 12, 2015.
Everett Herald: They weren’t getting any relief for their mentally ill clients who were waiting months in the Snohomish County Jail for a bed at the state psychiatric hospital.
New York Times: When Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ted Cruz, Eric H. Holder Jr., Jeb Bush, George Soros, Marco Rubio and Charles G. Koch all agree that we must end mass incarceration, it is clear that times have changed.
Huffington Post: We are far and away the world leader in putting our own people in jail. Most of the people inside are poor and Black. Here are 40 reasons why.
Everett Herald Editorial: For most of us another $12 for a speeding ticket is only added incentive to obey the rules of the road. But the effect of the order for many lower-income state residents amounts to fining Peter to defend Paul.
On May 5, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court issued its ruling in State v. Peeler, a case where WACDL had filed an amicus brief.