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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- End state law that criminalizes mental health patients
- Seattle Times: A misguided state law and a tough-on-crime approach fills prisons and jails with mentally ill inmates.
- State court expands convicts' access to DNA testing
- KOMO News: Washington's Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for convicts to obtain DNA testing that could prove their innocence.
- Former DOC Chief Doctor Says There’s No Way to Fix Botched Executions
- Seattle Weekly: As the debate over botched executions rages on, a doctor once in charge of healthcare for Washington’s Department of Corrections is adding his voice to the chorus of critics.
- On Supreme Court, Does 9-0 Add Up to More Than 5-4?
- New York Times: The Supreme Court issued a remarkable number of unanimous decisions last term, and in their public remarks the justices seemed unanimous in saying that unanimity was a good thing. But is it?
- Fresh Doubts Over a Texas Execution
- Washington Post: For more than 20 years, the prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham of murdering his three young daughters has insisted that the authorities made no deals to secure the testimony of the jailhouse informer who told jurors that Willingham confessed the crime to him.
- Seattle v. Fisher Broadcasting
- On June 12, 2014, the Washington State Court ruled in our favor in Seattle v. Fisher Broadcasting, a case where WACDL filed an amicus brief.