News of Interest

10 Critical Reforms Local Prosecutors Should Embrace, NW Lawyer, June 2019

Of particular interest:

In July 2020, the Washington State Supreme Court held that shackling a defendant during pre-trial hearings violates the Washington State Constitution when there has not been an individualized determination that the shackling is necessary. This type of shackling infringes on a defendant’s ability to present a defense and consult with their attorney. Read the full opinion here:

News of Interest


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