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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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News

Before the Law
The New Yorker: A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life.
U.S. District Court judge helps develop tech tool for parolees
ABA Journal: Ann Aiken has long been troubled by the number of new federal prison inmates being locked up for violating supervised release. Each year between 8 and 15 percent of inmates are finding themselves behind bars for probation and parole violations, many of them related to drugs, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
After Nearly 23 Years of Legal Struggle, a Conviction Is Reversed
New York Times: Everton Wagstaffe, who refused to leave prison on probation because he viewed it as a surrender of his claim of innocence in the death of a teenage girl, learned on Wednesday that he had prevailed in a struggle that he began from behind bars nearly 23 years ago.
Stevens County prosecutor wants guilty verdicts reviewed
Spokesman-Review: The Stevens County prosecuting attorney is taking the unusual step of asking a court to review five guilty verdicts amid concerns that defendants’ constitutional rights may have been violated.
North Carolina Cuts Prison Time for Probation Violators, and Costs
New York Times: André Duckett, 43, had an unpleasant surprise when he came in to see his probation officer. After missing some previous appointments, he had just failed a drug test, the officer told him, and he was going to spend the next three days in jail.
Documents: Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data
The News Tribune: The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away.
Panel begins work on ways to reduce region’s crime rate
The Spokesman-Review: Eight months after a blue ribbon panel submitted 58 pages of recommendations for criminal justice reforms in Spokane County, the leaders who are responsible for implementing the reforms went to work...
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.
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Upcoming Events
Dealer's Choice: New Issues and Tactics for Drug Defense Oct 17, 2014 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM — WSCC, 7th Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle
Ace the Case: Getting Started in Misdemeanor Defense Oct 31, 2014 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM — 1111 3rd Ave, 3rd floor conference room, Seattle
Hot Topics in Criminal Defense: Pre-Filing to Post-Conviction Dec 05, 2014 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM — The Conference Center (WSCC)
WACDL Holiday Party & Auction Dec 05, 2014 05:30 PM - 11:00 PM — The Conference Center at the Washington State Convention Center (Seattle)