This week, Portland Defender attorney Troy Pickard’s pre-trial work successfully forced the Clackamas County District Attorney to dismiss their case against Portland Defender’s client. In State of Oregon v. W.B., Pickard’s client had originally been accused in 2002. However, for more than eight years, the government did nothing to bring the client to trial.

When Troy Pickard was hired, he quickly filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the government’s conduct had violated his client’s state and federal rights to a speedy trial. The motion was so persuasive that the district attorney chose to dismiss without a fight.