One of Brad Meryhew’s cases was dismissed by the Prosecution a week before trial based on the inability of the State to prove the charges. The Prosecutor credited Brad’s interview of the complaining witness as the basis for the dismissal of the charges, saying “Although she gave a very vivid description to her mother and to law enforcement, a few months later, during a defense attorney interview, her recollection was a lot more vague, and some of the finer details were escaping her recollection.”
Local Sex Offenders Sue to Keep their Information Private
Brad Meryhew is quoted in an article about recent efforts by a Washington resident to obtain all information in regards to Level I sex offenders around the state so that she can post this previously private information on the Internet. Our client’s have been the plaintiffs, and Brad Meryhew provided an expert Declaration regarding the harm this release of information would cause.
Ex-Kent Meridian Teacher, Coach Receives Five-Day Jail Sentence for Sex Crime
Brad Meryhew testified against removing the marital exception of rape for actions between married partners who touched each other in a sexual way while asleep. His commons sense arguments were rejected, and today a married person who touches their spouse while the person is asleep can be charged with a felony sex offense in Washington.
Brad Meryhew was interviewed by the media in regards to this proposal. Testimony regarding this Bill before the Washington Legislature by a 14 year old Meryhew Law Group client about the impact this Bill would have on him essentially killed this idea, which was not reintroduced in the next Legislative session.
The Meryhew Law Group’s efforts to reach out to registered sex offenders and offer them help upset some readers, and made sense to others. This ad received widespread coverage, and is still found every week on the back page of the Seattle Stranger.
Attorney Urges Lawmakers to Change Sex Offender Registry
Brad Meryhew has been a fierce and consistent advocate for juveniles convicted of sex offenses, and in this testimony before the Washington Legislature he makes the case for automatic expiration of sex offender registration for juvenile offenders and other reforms to the registration and community notification laws.
In his role as a member of the Sex Offender Policy Board, Brad Meryhew has been involved in several task forces and workgroups on particular issues, including this case study of the event surrounding the release and reoffense by a young man in high school in Vancouver, Washington.
Washington’s Screwed-Up Sex-Offender Registry: How Leaving Cops to Sort out Who’s Dangerous can Change Lives in an Instant
Brad Meryhew has been a consistent critic of the way that offender’s sex offender community notification Levels are set in Washington, and has advocated for greater reliance on empirically validated risk assessment tools and a greater reliance on state agencies to set an offenders Level.
Life on the List: Does publicly posting names of convicted sex offenders actually reduce the number of sexual offenses?