The TCBA presents…the April Member Luncheon and CLE on April 20, 2018
“Snitch Fix: The Six-Year Effort to Prevent Wrongful Convictions Involving False Incentivized Testimony” presented by Attorney Lara Zarowsky, Policy Director, Innocence Project Northwest
False testimony by a witness who was given a deal (i.e. leniency or some other kind of payment) by the State in exchange for their testimony is one of the primary factors contributing to the conviction of the innocent in Washington State and nationally. While incentives can be an important tool in investigating and prosecuting crimes, current practice does not provide adequate protections to discourage witnesses from lying on the stand in order to get a deal for themselves at the expense of the actually innocent. Every case of wrongful conviction is one in which the actual perpetrator was not held accountable, in some cases allowing them to commit additional crimes while the innocent languished in custody. Known cases of wrongful conviction make clear that more detailed information about incentivized witnesses and the manner in which such testimony was developed is necessary to protect the truth-seeking function of our criminal trials. This presentation will discuss efforts by Innocence Project Northwest and the University of Washington School of Law’s Legislative Advocacy Clinic over the past six legislative sessions to pass legislation to increase transparency when incentivized testimony is offered in criminal trials.
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:30 a.m. at Hotel RL (Red Lion) 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SE, Olympia
1 Law & Legal CLE credit has been approved with the WSBA. The cost for members and their non-attorney staff to attend is $21. The cost for non-member attorneys to attend is $26. Registration and “Social Hour” 11:30am—12:00pm Presentation from 12:10pm-1:10pm
PLEASE NOTE: PRE-PAYMENT BY CHECK OR ONLINE IS REQUIRED BY Tuesday, April 17 at 5:00 p.m.
Please register and pre-pay on the TCBA website, www.thurstoncountybar.com or send your $21 check payment
(payable to TCBA) to: TCBA, PO Box 1653, Olympia, WA 98507
*Once your check or online payment is received you will be placed on the RSVP list.
If you do not pre-pay, the cost at the door for members and their non-attorney staff is $26. The cost at the door for non-member attorneys is $31.
The flyer is attached here.
Venue: Red Lion in Olympia
- April 20, 2018
11:30 am - 1:10 pm