Racial biases in jury deliberations violate a defendant’s right to a fair trial and undermine the fair and impartial administration of the criminal justice system.
We argue that the Washington cyberstalking statute, RCW 9.61.260(1)(b), is unconstitutional. The brief explains how the statute is overbroad and chills protected speech.
We filed an amicus brief with other amici with the Washington Supreme Court arguing that the widely recognized “mitigating factors of youth” should allow for concurrent sentences rather than the consecutive ones required by adult sentencing standards.
The ACLU will file an amicus brief discussing the significant civil liberties problems associated with civil asset forfeiture and the importance of the government complying with notice procedures.
The brief details how white jurors paused in answering questions too, but their pause was considered “thoughtfulness” while the African American juror’s pause was used against her.
WA Supreme Court needs to address whether a sentence of life without parole (LWOP) constitutes cruel punishment when it is imposed under a three strikes mandatory minimum statute and some of the crimes were committed when the defendant was a young adult.
ACLU-WA filed an amicus brief with the Washington Supreme Court arguing that closed containers cannot be searched as part of a warrantless inventory search of an impounded vehicle.
ACLU-WA co-signed an amicus brief with the Korematsu Center in November 2018 in support of Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance. The ordinance would make it easier for people with criminal records to access housing.
ACLU-WA filed an amicus brief supporting Mr. Dawley’s argument on appeal that the statute criminalizing intimidating a public servant is unconstitutionally overbroad and limits protected speech because it fails to distinguish “true threats” from strongly

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