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Apr 2019
12

Title 9 Campus Sexual Assaults at Michigan State go from Bad to Worse

So let me get this straight. After fumbling this issue at every turn, including replacing Simon with Engler, MSU now hires a former judge with ties to Engler to oversee its title nine sexual assault compliance.  As @amandathomashow tweeted: Everyone: MSU cannot possibly screw this up anymore  MSU: hold my beer  Campus sexual assault is […]

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Apr 2019
09

How far can states go in restricting visiting to incarcerated inmates?

Well, nearly 25 years ago, Michigan adopted a new policy. In 1995, the MDOC announced that any inmate found guilty of 2 substance abuse violations would lose all visitation rights, except from their lawyer or clergy. The policy also barred visits from minors unless they were the inmates’ own children, thereby eliminating visits from nephews, […]

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Mar 2019
22

The odds against citizens accused of sex crimes just got worse.

The odds against citizens accused of sex crimes just got worse (again). Beginning March 17, 2019, amended MCL 768.27b (see 2018 PA 372), allows prosecutors other to admit “other acts” evidence of prior sexual assault “for any purpose for which it is relevant.” “Other acts evidence” of prior sexual assaults have always been admissible under […]

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Mar 2019
21

Sexual Assault, Campus Hearings, and Title IX

Student disciplinary hearings aren’t new. But in the wake of #metoo, restrictions on basic due process rights during those hearings spread quickly over the past several years. Students were frequently sanctioned, suspended, forced to live off campus, and expelled without even basic rights – like confronting their accuser, questioning him/her, appealing the decision, be represented […]

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Feb 2019
21

Child Abuse – Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome or abusive head trauma is worse than junk science. As we have argued for years, SBS is BS. It is flawed, unfounded, and dangerous. Seven national medical, legal, and scientific experts have recently published a great research paper, explaining the problems and arguing that child abuse Drs. should not be allowed to […]

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Dec 2016
12

Parents Can Face Charges for Refusing to Vaccinate Their Children

The question of whether or not to vaccinate one’s child is one of the most controversial topics in recent news. Many parents across the country are changing how they view vaccinations, seeing them as being more harmful than helpful. Groups of anti-vaccination or “anti-vax” groups have chosen not to vaccinate their child. Vaccines are powerful; […]

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Dec 2016
05

U of Michigan Law School Receives $250k Grant for Shaken Baby Cases

The University of Michigan’s law school is set to receive approximately $250,000 in federal grant money to implement a team that will look further into several shaken baby syndrome cases (“SBS”), which are increasingly be referred to by a new title – Abusive Head Trauma cases. The Innocence Clinic at the law school investigates convictions […]

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Nov 2016
15

Does Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Violate Ex Post Facto Laws?

A federal appeals court has ruled to strike down some of the restrictions of Michigan’s sex offender laws. Accordingly, those convicted of a sex crime and are required to register as a sex offender may be entitled to relief. The courts reversed years of precedent and held that sex offender registration is a form of […]

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Oct 2016
19

Satawa Law, PLLC Successfully Appeals Client Charged with First and Second-Degree Sexual Conduct

Satawa Law, PLLC recently prevailed on a writ of habeus corpus based on ineffective assistance of counsel filed on behalf of a client in Spaulding v. Larson. The client had been convicted at trial of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was sentenced to conncurrent terms of 3 to 15 […]

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Jul 2016
22

Lifetime Monitoring for All CSC 1 Defendants?

A recent decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals highlights the maddening inconsistency of judges when it comes to devising new punishments for those convicted of criminal sexual assault. The Court managed to follow the legislature and past precedent with respect to one part of a defendant’s sentence, while actively re-writing the law on another […]

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