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Nov 2012
13

Lisa Kirsch Satawa to Lecture on Child Witnesses and the Forensic Interviewing Protocol

On December 7, 2012, the Ingham County Bar Association Criminal Law Section will host a presentation in Lansing, Michigan on how to question child witnesses and the forensic interviewing protocol. The speaker will be Lisa Kirsch Satawa of Kirsch & Satawa, PC. The seminar covers a wide range of topics and issues related to child […]

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Oct 2012
24

Criminal Cases Involving Child Witnesses

If you saw a child on the street, at the mall or in the grocery, how would you react? Positive? Complimentary? Kind? Certainly not scared. Why are so many lawyers so afraid of child witnesses? These little ones are not mini-adults. Throughout each stage of development, every child has limits and unique nuances to communicating, […]

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Aug 2012
30

Constitutional Right to Present a Defense Trumped in Criminal Sexual Conduct Conviction

When prosecutors and trial judges take shortcuts with a defendant’s rights, appellate courts often look the other way by declaring “harmless error” or holding that even clear violations “are not of constitutional magnitude” warranting a new trial. Recently the Michigan Court of Appeals invoked both of these aphorisms in affirming a sexual assault conviction where […]

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Aug 2012
23

Court of Appeals Win in Ineffective Assistance of Counsel/Criminal Sexual Conduct Case

Mark Satawa and Stuart Friedman of Kirsch & Satawa, PC, prevailed in a criminal sexual conduct case under an ineffective assistance of counsel argument when the court of appeals unanimously upheld a Macomb County Circuit Court Judge’s order granting the Defense Motion for New trial following a Ginther hearing. The Client was falsely convicted of […]

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Jul 2012
31

Confrontation and Video Testimony

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees every person accused of a crime the right to “confront” and cross examine the witnesses against him in court. The United States Supreme Court has emphasized over the years that except in the most extreme circumstances, this guarantee requires face to face confrontation in an open […]

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Jul 2012
15

Open Season for Convictions based on Old, Unproved Allegations

Yet again, Michigan courts have abdicated their responsibility to ensure fair trials for defendants accused of criminal sexual conduct. This time, the Michigan Supreme Court threw out its own rule limiting the introduction of alleged prior bad acts to prove a defendant’s guilt. A four-justice majority said the rule conflicted with a statute adopted by […]

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Jun 2012
15

Contact Open Season for Convictions based on Old, Unproved Allegations

Yet again, Michigan courts have abdicated their responsibility to ensure fair trials for defendants accused of criminal sexual conduct. This time, the Michigan Supreme Court threw out its own rule limiting the introduction of alleged prior bad acts to prove a defendant’s guilt. A four-justice majority said the rule conflicted with a statute adopted by […]

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Jun 2012
15

Criminal Sexual Conduct Jury Instrtuction Appeal

Michigan appellate courts continue to ignore the need to protect the rights of the accused and prevent false convictions of the innocent in sex crimes cases. In April, a three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals said “plainly erroneous” jury instructions were insufficient to overturn the conviction of Jeffrey Eisen on multiple counts of […]

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Jun 2012
02

Teenage Sex, Criminal Sexual Conduct, and the Sex Offender Registration Act

Although teenagers have consensual sex every day, Michigan law still deems it a crime — specifically, criminal sexual conduct in the third degree — whenever someone has sex with another person between the ages of 13 and 16. This applies even if the sex is consensual and both parties are underage. But while consent is […]

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May 2012
18

Kirsch & Satawa Attorneys Selected as Michigan Super Lawyers

Mark A. Satawa and Lisa B. Kirsch Satawa have been selected once again for inclusion as Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Super Lawyers is an attorney rating service operated by international business data provider Thomson Reuters. Less than five percent of all Michigan attorneys are selected as a Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers uses a four-step […]

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