Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The mission of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is to foster the integrity, independence and expertise of criminal defense lawyers; to support the criminal defense community through education and the exchange of information; to promote the fair and just administration of criminal justice; and to ensure due process and defend the rights secured by law for all persons accused of crime.

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News & Information

In Re Troy Belcher

The appropriateness of civil commitment of a person as a sexually violent predator whose only history occurred as a juvenile.

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State v. Erik Petterson, No. 94439-3

Does a trial court have the authority to modify community custody provisions of a SSOSA.

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Seattle v. Erickson, No. 93408-8

Is the use of a peremptory challenge against the only member of a cognizable racial group a prima facie showing of racial discrimination requiring a full Batson analysis by the trial court.

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Certificate of Appreciation Recipients

WACDL president Amy Muth has selected the following members to receive certificates of appreciation for their volunteer efforts. They will be presented with their certificates at WACDL’s annual conference in Chelan.

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State v. Blockman, 198 Wn. App. 34 (2017); WSSC #94273-1

The COA - Division I issued an unpublished opinion on this case on January 23, 2017 (197 Wn. App. 1047 (2017)). WACDL joined as Amicus on a motion to publish on February 3, 2017 which was granted on March 2, 2017. A petition for review was filed on March 17, 2017 and WACDL joined as amicus with Nancy Talner - ACLU and Magda Baker - WDA on May 5, 2017

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In Re Fero, No. 92975-1

WACDL filed an amicus in the WSSC after the state was granted discretionary review following a successful decision on behalf of petitioner in the COA-Division II.

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