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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"The Court finds that the public defense system in Mount Vernon and Burlington has systemic flaws that deprive indigent criminal defendants of their Sixth Amendment right to the assistance of counsel."
In the New York Times: A few noted criminologists predicted at the time that “three strikes” laws, which would sweep the nation, were unlikely to have much effect on crime, would fill the nation’s prisons to bursting and would satisfy frustrated voters at the expense of bad public policy. They were largely ignored.
Spokesman-Review editorial: The theme is nicely encapsulated in one phrase: “Reform the system to be offender centered,rather than offense centered.”
"Daryl Rodrigues is someone who can find some good in just about anyone ensnared in the justice system for crimes they often, but not always, committed."
The state Supreme Court seeks volunteers to help improve language in the courts to assist those citizens with less command of English.
With nowhere else to turn, prisons are stepping up to the challenge of treating mentally ill offenders.
In October of 2013, WACDL filed a motion in support of review in this case.
"'With liberty and justice for all.' The final words of the Pledge of Allegiance. We say them but do they really register."
"In a career spanning more than 50 years, Murray Guterson won and lost hard-fought cases but always emerged a gentleman who kept his word."
In May of 2009, WACDL filed an amicus case in In Re PRP of Cross. The court issued its ruling in September of 2013.
In April of 2013, WACDL filed an amicus brief in State v. Dye. the court issued its ruling in September of 2013.
In September of 2013, WACDL filed an amicus brief in this case.
In September of 2013, WACDL filed an amicus in support of a motion for reconsideration in these cases.
"Another case of eavesdropping on phone conversations between an attorney and a Yakima County jail inmate is prompting calls for the dismissal of the inmate’s criminal charges and the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the eavesdropping."
On April of 2013. WACDL filed an amicus brief in State v. Lynch. The court issued its ruling in September of 2013.
"Washington state's justice system provides less justice and more penalty to those who aren't as lily-white as its juries."