September News

Case News

Paralegal Patricia Stordeur, investigator Jennifer Davis and Seattle AFDs Andy Kennedy and Dennis Carroll secured a new trial in King County Superior Court for a client convicted of Assault of a Child in the First Degree in 2009. The defense team discovered that the original attorney had failed to consult with medical experts in this 'shaken baby' case. We filed a state court Personal Restraint Petition which resulted in a remand to King County Superior Court for a reference hearing. After we disclosed our expert reports three months before the reference hearing, the King County Prosecutor's Office agreed that a new trial is warranted and entered into an agreed order, vacating the conviction, and setting a new trial date.

Staff News: Audio Visual (AV) Team

Seattle supervising AFD Jennifer Wellman, along with two members of the FPD Audio Visual (AV) Team, paralegal Janet Stanton and investigator Debra Malcolm-presented at the Washington Defender Association-Innocence Project NW conference: Investigating and Defending Capital and Complex Crimes. This training was held at the University of Washington School of Law on September 13th and 14th, 2018. The three presented on the topic of mitigation videos, and shared their experiences using FPD produced videos to help tell our clients' stories. The FPD AV Team has been assisting FPD defense teams since 2002.