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About Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer William Spade

Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer William Spade possesses both academic credentials and significant legal experience. A graduate of a top 5 law school, he is a former prosecutor, a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the author of several scholarly articles, including “Beyond the 100:1 Ratio: Towards a Rational Cocaine Sentencing Policy” in Volume 38, No. 4 of the Arizona Law Review. This article has been cited by thousands of legal scholars, judges, and lawyers as part of the ongoing debate regarding the inequity of the federal cocaine sentencing laws, which punish more harshly those who use and sell crack cocaine than those who use or sell powder cocaine. Most recently, the article was cited by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in United States v. Gunter, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 23143 (3d Cir. Sept. 11, 2006).

From 1995 to 2004, Spade was an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. During his nearly ten years as a prosecutor, he argued numerous cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, litigated several capital homicide cases, and was a lead prosecutor in the grand jury investigation into the sexual abuse of minors by priests within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For an account of Spade’s work on the grand jury investigation, see, “Pain, Anger Went Into Philadelphia Abuse Report: The Investigation of Molestation By Priests Was An Ordeal for Witnesses, Jurors, Lawyers” By Nancy Phillips, Mark Fazlollah, and Emily Lounsberry, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 25, 2005.

In private practice since 2004, he has successfully defended public officials, police officers, college students, corporate executives, individuals accused of possessing or distributing narcotics, and clients charged with violent offenses such as homicide and assault.

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