Washington Law Review


John M. Darrah


Those who work with Washington's criminal law generally concede that it is in need of substantial overhaul. Consequently, members of the bench, law enforcement agencies, the state legislature, the public, prosecutors and defense attorneys undertook to draft a new criminal code for Washington. Input came from varied sources—from law enforcement personnel to a former inmate of the Washington prison system. The Proposed Code reflects the input of each contributor; it cannot be labelled the Code of any single group. This article attempts to analyze those sections of the Proposed Code that are important from a defense attorney's standpoint. No attempt has been made to cover all of the crucial points raised in the Proposed Code.

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