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. Michael Henderson #9560301

WA Supreme Court granted State's petition for review following a COA decision that reversed a Murder 2 conviction for the trial court's failure to give an excusable homicide jury instruction.

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Lacaze v. Louisiana, #17-1566

Petition for certiorari to US Supreme Court requesting clarification on the standards to be used by courts when addressing whether a defendant has been denied an impartial jury.

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Kent Underwood on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Kent Underwood on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"Sometimes the accused really did not do it."

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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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