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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Yakima County judge blocks release of sex offender information
YAKIMA, Wash. — A Yakima County judge has blocked the release of names and addresses of low-level sex offenders to a Mesa woman who wants to post the information on a website.
Glenn Ford's First Days of Freedom After 30 Years on Death Row
From the Atlantic: Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Metal spoons. What's re-entry like for a man who last breathed free during Ronald Reagan's first term as president?
Oklahoma Ran Out of Drugs to Execute People, And That’s a Sign of Things to Come
Time Magazine: Oklahoma is delaying two executions of death row inmates after it couldn't get the drugs it needs to perform lethal injections, foreshadowing similar problems that will start affecting other states as drug supplies run thin.
Houser joins Kitsap County Superior Court on April 1
On March 31, former WACDL member William Houser will be sworn in as a judge of that court, appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Justice James M. Johnson announces retirement from the Washington Supreme Court
Washington Courts News Release: In a letter to Governor Jay Inslee, Washington Supreme Court Justice James M. Johnson announced today that he will resign from the bench effective April 30, 2014.
A Rare Opportunity on Criminal Justice
New York Times: The current Congress is the place where virtually all legislation, however urgent or reasonable, goes to die. Yet out of this stew of partisan mistrust and dysfunction there may come one promising and unexpected achievement: the first major reforms to America’s broken criminal justice system in a generation.
State Legislature Adjourns
The Washington State Legislature adjourned on Thursday, March 13. A number of bills of interest to criminal defense lawyers passed; see the list below. Bills need to be signed by the Governor within 20 days to become law (those where "status" starts with "C" have been signed).
The death penalty: Arbitrary and deeply flawed
King County Interim Public Defender David Chapman writes in Crosscut: Public defenders in King County have long voiced concern over the state’s use of the death penalty, contending that it’s a deeply flawed and arbitrary form of punishment.
Public defender becomes Kitsap's newest judge
From Kitsap Sun: Bill Houser, 56, of Poulsbo, is scheduled to be sworn in at the end of month and his first day on the job will be April 1.
New Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington
Mike Filipovic, a past WACDL president, has been appointed the new Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington.
Death Penalty, Interrupted
From the Seattle Weekly: If anything, [Nick] Brown might have guessed that Inslee supported capital punishment. The only time Inslee voted on the matter was as a Congressman representing a district in eastern Washington in 1994. Faced with a bill that would have substituted life imprisonment for the death penalty, Inslee voted no.
State v. Hinton
On February 27, 2014, the Washington Supreme Court issued its ruling in State v. Hinton, a case where WACDL had filed an amicus brief.
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