On February 12, the day after Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a moratorium on executions due in part to inequality in imposition of the death penalty in the state, a comprehensive study showing significant disparities in death sentencing based on the race of the defendant was submitted to the state Supreme Court in support of a rehearing petition filed on behalf of MH&B client Jonathan Gentry. Continue reading
Marcie Sillman talks with Tim Ford, lawyer and former president of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, about how Washington state has used the death penalty in the past.
On Friday, September 27, 2013 Clark County agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle a Federal Constitutional claim brought by two men who were wrongfully convicted of a 1993 rape. In addition the County stipulated to an additional $24 million judgment ($12 million each) and assigned its rights against County insurers. The settlement came after nine days of trial in Federal Court in Tacoma, in a case involving claims that went back twenty-years. Continue reading
On the heels of David Whedbee and Tim Ford’s wrongful incarceration settlement for Alan Northrop, we are proud to announce that David was chosen to speak with the Innocence Project, at a screening of CENTRAL PARK FIVE. The film is a Ken Burns documentary that came last year about the exoneration of the five black and Latin boys who were wrongfully incarcerated in the 1989 Central Park jogger case.