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

State v. Oscar Lopez, WSSC #94418-1

On September 27, 2017 WACDL filed an amicus brief on behalf of Mr. Lopez in the WSSC on review of a COA opinion which reversed the trial court's grant of a new trial. The trial court based its decision on the determination that defense counsel's severe depression affected his performance before, after, and, during trial.

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John Doe G v. Dept. of Corrections, WSSC No. 94203-0

On August 11, 2017 WACDL filed an amicus on the issue of whether evaluations performed for the purpose of seeking a SSOSA are protected health care information.

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Smith v. Smith, No. 76247-8, Division I

WACDL filed an amicus brief in support of a Motion for Discretionary Review to COA from a trial court denial of continuance of a pending civil action for DVPO while the criminal offense is still pending.

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In Re Cecil Davis, WSSC #89590-2

On September 12, 2017 WACDL filed an amicus brief in support of a motion for reconsideration of the opinion issued May 18, 2017. In that opinion the WSSC upheld the imposition of the death death penalty which had been challenged on the basis that Washington's death penalty system unconstitutionally fails to protect a defendant with intellectual disabilities from execution.

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State v. Nickels, 35369-9, Division III

WACDL filed an amicus brief concerning the question of whether the entire prosecutor's office must be recused if the elected prosecutor has a conflict of interest based on prior representation of a defendant.

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State v. Jai'Mar Scott, WSSC #94020-7

On July 28, 2017 WACDL filed a joint amicus brief with the ACLU, Columbia Legal Services, Juvenile Law Center, National Juvenile Defender Center, Teamchild, and WDA on behalf of Mr. Scott on the question of whether retroactive application of Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460 (2012) to a de facto life sentence for a crime committed as a juvenile is a significant and material change in the law sufficient to overcome the 1-year limitation for a challenge to the sentence imposed. Or is the legislative Miller fix contained in RCW 9.94A.730 a sufficient remedy.

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In Re Bar Application of Tarra Simmons

In July 2017 WACDL submitted an amicus brief in support of Ms. Simmons application to be admitted to the WSBA concerning what the WSSC should consider as sufficient evidence of rehabilitation to establish "character and fitness" to practice law

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