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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 Instruction 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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May 2012
10

Complainant’s Prior Statements Ruled Admissible in Rape Case

The never ending assault on the rights of citizens accused of a sex crime continues, as the Michigan Court of Appeals recently allowed the Prosecution to bolster the credibility of a complaining witness in a sex crime accusation by affirming the conviction of a man who had the Prosecutor read the complainant’s entire witness statement […]

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Mar 2012
28

Negotiating Your Future: Your Rights When Plea Offers Are On The Table

In two recent decisions released last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that attorneys mishandling plea negotiations can be a basis for finding a violation of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. It is your right to be fully informed of every plea offer made in your case. In Missouri v. Frye, the parties agreed […]

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Mar 2012
28

Federal Judge Dismisses Charges Against Hutaree in Michigan Militia Case

A Federal Judge dismissed the serious charges against seven members of the Michigan Militia Group known as the Hutaree yesterday in a 28 page opinion and order. The Defense team of Mark Satawa, Bill Swor, Jim Thomas, Art Weiss, Mike Rataj, Rick Helfrick, Todd Shanker, Henry Scharg, Mike Naughton, and Harry Mihas, had filed a […]

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