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

'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases
Seattle Times: The process is designed to weed out jurors who have strong feelings for or against the death penalty. A 1985 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court said a juror can lawfully be excused if his views on the death penalty are so strong that they would prevent or substantially impair his ability to follow the law.
Why I'm a WACDL Member - Catlin Gibson
" I cannot say enough about what WACDL has done for me and my career in criminal defense as a paralegal and an investigator."
Why I'm a WACDL Member - Thomas W. Cox
"The guidance that I have received from my association with WACDL has kept me in good standing in my legal community."
In a Safer Age, U.S. Rethinks Its ‘Tough on Crime’ System
New York Times: Bullets were flying in the cities. Crack wars trapped people in their homes. The year was 1994, and President Bill Clinton captured the grim national mood, declaring “gangs and drugs have taken over our streets” as he signed the most far-reaching crime bill in history.
Gideon’s Despair
The Marshall Project: Four things the next attorney general needs to know about America’s indigent defense crisis.
Kelso City Council to discuss new court-diversion program
The Daily News Online: The push for the program, which aims to lessen the number of court cases, comes after the state’s new guidelines limit the number of cases per attorney from 800 to 400 a year.
The cost of seeking the dealth penalty.
Seattle University study finds Washington death penalty cases cost at least $1 million more than when death not sought.
Why I'm a WACDL Member - Amy Muth
" If you want your clients to benefit from the combined knowledge of over 1000 lawyers, become a member of WACDL."
Why I'm a WACDL Member - Robert Perez
"Joining the most active criminal defense organization in the state seemed like a no-brainer in terms of networking, meeting potential sources of referrals, learning the local ropes, and so on."
Executions, New Death Sentences Continue to Fall
AP: Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new report.
South Carolina Judge Vacates Conviction of George Stinney in 1944 Execution
New York Times: Calling it a “great and fundamental injustice,” a South Carolina judge on Wednesday vacated the 1944 murder conviction of 14-year-old George J. Stinney Jr., the youngest person executed in the United States in the last century.
Defense Lawyers Say Jurors Deserve A Pay Raise To Minimum Wage
KPLU: A group of defense lawyers argue that when you are called to be on jury duty, you are working and therefore should be paid minimum wage. These attorneys say a diverse cross section of society would sign up for jury duty if the pay was better.
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Upcoming Events
Current Issues in Evidence & Suppression (Seattle) Mar 13, 2015 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Washington State Convention Center (7th & Pike, Seattle)
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2015 Annual Conference Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 13, 2015 — Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan