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

Magistrate Judge Position Opening in Seattle

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for the position of full time magistrate judge in Seattle, WA.

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In Re William Schorr #94591-8

WACDL filed an amicus brief on April 10, 2018 on behalf of Mr. Schorr on his petition for review in which he challenged his judgment and sentence on double jeopardy grounds, even though filed more than one year after the judgement became final.

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2018 WACDL Board Nominations

WACDL’s Nominating Committee has developed its slate of nominees for Board of Governor positions.

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OPNET v Fager, #95013-0

WACDL has agreed to file an amicus on behalf of Mr. Fager on an appeal from the COA reversing the trial court award of attorney fees for defending against the seizure of property in both criminal and civil actions.

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State v. Tyree Jefferson, #94853-4

WACDL agreed to file an amicus brief on behalf of Mr. Jefferson in support of his appeal on his petition for review to WSSC which was granted from COA decision No. 76011-4-II. During Mr. Jefferson's trial the prosecution used a peremptory challenge to remove the sole African American juror from the venire which gave rise to a Batson challenge from defense counsel.

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State v. Yelovich, #95192-6

WACDL filed an amicus brief on behalf of Mr. Yelovich on March 26, 2018. In his appeal Mr. Yelovich argued that the trial court erred in denying his proposed jury instruction on the lawful use of in defense of property as a valid affirmative defense to the charge of violation of a no-contact order. Review was granted by the WSSC on February 6, 2018.

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City of Kirkland v. Hope Stevens, #93812-1

WACDL agreed to file an amicus brief on behalf of Ms. Stevens on her appeal. Ms. Stevens brought a successful motion to dismiss in district court pursuant to CrR 8.3(b) for government mismanagement and CrRLJ 4.7 discovery violations.

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State v. Wallace, #49592-9-II

WACDL agreed to file an amicus on behalf of Mr. Wallace in his motion to reconsider and appointment of new counsel for his appeal following a decision on his initial appeal briefed as an Anders, no issues, appeal. This is a companion case to State v. Grubb, 49658-5-II.

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State v. Marc Grubb #49658-5-II

WACDL agreed to file an amicus on behalf of Mr. Grubb in his motion to reconsider and appointment of new counsel for his appeal following a decision on his initial appeal briefed as an Anders, no issues, appeal. This is a companion case to State v. Wallace #49592-9-II

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Daron Morris on Being a Criminal Defense Lawer

Daron Morris on Being a Criminal Defense Lawer

"Discussing issues with other WACDL members has been one of the most important aspects of developing my critical thinking about cases."

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Governor Signs Fair Chance Act

Governor Signs Fair Chance Act

HB 1298, which prohibits employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position, was signed on March 13.

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State v. Waylon James Hubbard, WSSC #95012-1

WACDL filed an amicus brief on behalf of Mr. Hubbard supporting his petition for review to the Washington supreme court from a decision of the court of appeals issued in his case under cause #49029-3, on the issue of what should be the effective date of an Order of Discharge based on RCW 9.94A.637 for an offender not under DOC supervision.

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