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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WACDL Member Wins Exoneration for Client

Court: Withheld evidence means servicemen deserve new trial

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Thank You Holiday Party Sponsors

Thank you to the generous businesses and WACDL members who have made sponsor contributions for our December 8 holiday party!

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State v. Tanya James-Buhl, WSSC #94409-1

On October 31, 2017 WACDL filed an amicus brief in support of Ms. James-Buhl asking the WSSC to overturn a COA decision which reinstated charges dismissed by the trial court. The COA held that as a teacher Ms. James-Buhl was required to report under the mandatory reporting statute RCW 26.44.030(1) her daughters disclosure that the stepfather had touched them inappropriately finding that no course of employment could be imputed to the reporting requirement.

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State v. Oscar Lopez WSSC #944181

On October 4, 2017 WACDL filed an amicus brief in support of Mr. Lopez asking the WSSC to overturn a COA decision which reversed the trial court decision to grant Mr. Lopez a new trial based on the determination that defense counsel's severe depression affected his performance before and during trial.

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In Memoriam: Charlie Williams

Former WACDL President Charlie Williams has died. The funeral will be held on November 4 and a reception honoring his life on November 5.

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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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