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

Rehabilitating teens may mean sealing their juvenile record

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.

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Skagit judge finds state in contempt for delays in treating mentally ill defendant

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.

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Court: First Amendment protects profanity against police

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.

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The simple idea that could transform US criminal justice

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.

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Treating inmates’ ADHD could reduce recidivism

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.

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The Destruction of Defendants’ Rights

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.

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WACDL Annual Awards

WACDL presented its 2015 annual awards at its annual awards dinner at Campbell's Resort in Chelan on June 12, 2015.

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Lawyers’ work on behalf of jailed mentally ill clients lauded

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.

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How to Lock Up Fewer People

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.

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40 Reasons Why Our Jails Are Full of Black and Poor People

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.

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Fines a poor way to fund state's courts

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.

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State v. Peeler (No. 90068-0)

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.

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Federal Bar: Forensic Issues and Resources Jul 08, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM — 19th floor conference room at USDC 700 Stewart Street, Seattle
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WACDL Fall 2015 CLE Oct 02, 2015 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Washington State Convention Center, Seattle
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2016 Annual Conference Jun 09, 2016 - Jun 11, 2016 — Chelan, Washington