The Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington
The Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho is a Community
Defender program for Eastern Washington and Central and Northern
Idaho with staffed offices in Spokane and Yakima. The non-profit
corporation was established in 1991 and began taking cases in
April, 1992. In March, 1994, the organization began taking cases
from North and Central Idaho followed by Southern Idaho in October
1996. The organization opened a Capital Habeas Unit in Moscow,
Idaho in September, 1996. In 2006, the Boise, Pocatello, and
Moscow offices formed their own Community Defender.
Today, as a Community Defender Program, the organization
is a non-profit corporation with up to a fifteen-member Board
of Directors. We are committed to the zealous representation
of persons accused of federal crimes in our District.
In the Spotlight
Nuts And Bolts
April 19, 2013
Title III Wiretaps, motion practice and challenges. Download
these materials here (Nuts and Bolts II.zip).
for the Defense Bar by
The National Institute of JusticeJune 2012
"DNA for the Defense Bar is the newest addition to a
series of NIJ guides that aims to improve the use of forensic
DNA in the criminal justice system. Designed specifically
for criminal defense lawyers..." Click
here to download the PDF.
GPS Tracking Violates Privacy Rights
"For the right to personal privacy to survive in America
in this digital age, courts must be meticulous in applying
longstanding privacy protections to new technology. This did
not happen in an unfortunate ruling last month by a three-judge
panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth
more from The New York Times editorial from Sept 22, 2012.
Lives Matter: Collaboration and Success in a Joint Federal
"The U.S. government’s criminalization of immigrants
has marooned thousands of men and women in the quagmire where
criminal and immigration laws meet. For this latest post in
NIJC’s These Lives Matter series, two members of NIJC’s
legal staff and a federal defender in Texas tell the story
of how they are working together to help a hardworking father
keep his green card." Read he article written by Gabriel
Reyes, Assistant Federal Defender, Alpine, Texas.
The Human Costs Of The BOP’s Restrictive Implementation
Of Compassionate Release
Effective Advocacy by Steve Sady on Compassionate Release.
Linked via the Ninth
Cir. blog is an effective piece by Steve Sady on the BOP's
failure to abide by its compassionate release obligations.
There's a video of Steve's client, who died just a week after
it was filmed. The video is both an effective piece of advocacy
for policy-makers and a reminder of why we need to keep the
lines of communication open with our clients even after they
are sentenced and in the BOP. Had it not been for the involvement
of Steve's office, the client would have died in prison instead
of at home, with his family. Visit the Ninth
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