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December 3, 2015

Benton County Takes a Positive Step Toward Ending Its Debtors’ Prison

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the commissioners of Benton County unanimously voted to rescind a resolution that set the rates credited to people who are incarcerated in …

 
October 6, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges Benton County’s Modern-Day Debtors’ Prison

Additional Information Frequently Asked Questions Case Documents Class Action Complaint In the News 6/8/16: Los Angeles Times 4/8/16: The Washington Post 12/2/15: Tri-City Herald 11/19/15: JSTOR …

 
June 17, 2014

Securing the Right to a Fair Trial

Everyone accused of a crime has the right to a fair trial and that includes adequate representation for the poor in court. But is merely having the …

April 29, 2014

TMLG Attorney and Paralegal Receive Awards from Washington Defender Association and Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Co-recipients of the 2014 WDA President’s Award, Matthew Zuchetto of The Scott Law Group and Toby Marshall of Terrell Marshall Law Group, with Jacqueline McMurtrie, Director …

 
December 5, 2013

Federal Court Judge Issues Ruling Protecting Constitutional Right to Counsel

The US District Court issued its memorandum opinion today in Wilbur et al. v. City of Mount Vernon, ruling that the cities of Mount Vernon and Burlington have …

 
August 28, 2013

US Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest in Indigent Defense Lawsuit

The US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a statement of interest in the case of Wilbur et al. v City of Mount Vernon et al. on August 14, 2013.  …

 
August 20, 2013

USDOJ calls for binding workload controls as part of any resolution to federal suit against two Washington citie

Pleading the Sixth: A class action lawsuit pending before a federal court in Seattle, Washington, alleges the cities of Mt. Vernon and Burlington systematically deprive defendants facing …

 
June 19, 2013

Closing Arguments Held in Indigent Defense Class Action Trial

Three indigent defendants filed a class action lawsuit in June 2011 against the cities of Mount Vernon and Burlington. Plaintiffs allege that the cities are systematically failing …