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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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News

In Memoriam: Laurie Morris (1972 – 2014)
We are sad to hear of the death of Laurie Morris, who was a WACDL member for many years. Laurie, along with her husband, fellow WACDL member Daron Morris, was a frequent attender at WACDL events; she will be missed.
King County Executive Dow Constantine convenes work group to assess public defense staffing levels
Enumclaw Courier-Herald: King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the creation of an internal working group to assess staffing levels within the Department of Public Defense and develop a plan for the effective delivery of services over the coming two-year budget cycle.
County Council delays layoffs of public defenders
Seattle Times ($): The King County department that helps defendants who can’t afford an attorney will lose 40 employees, including about 20 attorneys, under the two-year county budget adopted Monday by the Metropolitan King County Council.
Prosecutor still deciding death penalty
Kitsap Sun ($): A man accused of strangling his live in girlfriend, posting photos of the crime scene online and leaving the body for her family to find might face the death penalty if convicted.
Crucial oversight for Stingray investigations
Bellingham Herald: Police are the good guys. They should use sophisticated technology to catch the bad guys. What they shouldn’t do is leave judges in the dark when they deploy spying technology of unprecedented power.
Holding Three Simultaneous Death Penalty Trials in King County Is Unprecedented—and Hugely Expensive
The Stranger: Though trials involving the death penalty are hardly unheard of in this county, having three of them running simultaneously is unprecedented, according to the King County prosecutor's office.
Tacoma police change how they seek permission to use cellphone tracker
News Tribune: Pierce County judges didn’t know until recently that they’d been authorizing Tacoma police to use a device capable of tracking someone’s cellphone.
State v. W.R., Jr.
On October 30, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a ruling in this case, a case where WACDL had filed an amicus brief.
State Supreme Court Justice visits youth offender diversion program
Columbia Basin Herald: Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson recently visited Clark County Juvenile Court to meet with court officials and young offenders to discuss the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.
The mentally ill should not be kept waiting in jail
Bellingham Herald: County jails are no place for the mentally ill, but that’s where many end up because of a broken state system that turns psychiatric patients into inmates.
Federal judge in Tacoma blocks release of strip club dancers’ licenses
News Tribune: A federal judge in Tacoma on Thursday blocked the release of business licenses for dancers and managers at a Parkland strip club, saying the workers would “likely suffer irreparable harm” if the information is disclosed.
A Plan to Cut Costs and Crime: End Hurdle to Job After Prison
New York Times: James White had steeled himself for the moment. But when he got to the question on the job application — Have you ever been convicted of a crime? — he shifted nervously in his seat.
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Upcoming Events
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 for Criminal Defense Dec 10, 2014 12:00 PM - 01:45 PM — USDC, 19th Floor, 700 Stewart St, Seattle