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Mar 2012
21

Rutgers Student Commits Suicide After Invasion of Privacy: New Jersey Jury Says it’s a Hate Crime

On March 16, 2012, former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was convicted of 15 charges, including one for bias intimidation (AKA “hate crime”) in the Middlesex County Superior Court (New Jersey). The most serious charge was bias intimidation, as it carries a 10-year prison sentence. It reportedly took an hour for Judge Glenn Berman to […]

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Feb 2012
24

Another Sex Crime Appellate Case Win for Kirsch & Satawa

Mark Satawa and Stuart Friedman of Kirsch & Satawa, PC, have won another sex crimes case for an extremely satisfied client, when a Macomb County Circuit Court Judge granted the Defense Motion for New trial following a Ginther hearing. The Client (Daniel A.), was a upstanding member of the community, with no prior record of […]

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Jan 2012
25

Sentencing in Federal Child Porn Cases – Will Any Departure Outside the Sentencing Guidelines be Upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals?

A new opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals highlights that the battle continues to rage over the proper sentence for a defendant convicted of a “true” possession of child pornography offense, where there is no evidence that the offender shared or distributed any child pornography or committed any actual acts of abuse against […]

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Jan 2012
24

Mark Satawa Featured in Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Weekly Law and Practice Update

Mark A. Satawa is featured in this week’s Weekly Law and Practice Update, published by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. His article on Getting and Keeping your Clients off the Sex Offender Registry, was featured in ICLE’s Weekly Law and Practice Update’s Top Tips in Ten Minutes. The article offers practical, how to information […]

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Dec 2011
13

Jerry Sandusky Defense and Allegations

The allegations surrounding Jerry Sandusky and Penn State University are a mess – and are quickly going from bad to worse. Sandusky already stands charged with 40 counts of sexually molesting children, and more victims seemingly surface every week. One civil lawsuit has already been filed, the athletic director and school president have been fired, […]

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Oct 2011
31

Sex Offender Registries Continue to Drive Local Governments to New Levels of Hysterics

Sexual offender registries continue to drive local governments to new levels of hysterics. Recently the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, issued an order banning anyone on that state’s Sex Offender Registry from visiting any of the county’s 19 public libraries. Mayor Tim Burchett said he was acting in accordance with a Tennessee law that took […]

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Oct 2011
27

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Retroactively Requiring Individuals Convicted of Certain Crimes to Register as Sex Offenders

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its 2011 term by examining the United States Attorney General’s authority to retroactively require individuals convicted of certain crimes to register as sex offenders. While the Court is only considering a technical question of whether a particular individual has standing to challenge the Attorney General’s actions, the case once again […]

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Oct 2011
20

Defending CSC Allegations – Psychological Records and the Confrontation Clause

Criminal sexual conduct cases, including date rape or acquaintance rape allegations, frequently involve the classic “he said, she said” situation. A friend, co-worker, classmate, or another acquaintance claims “rape,” and the only defense you have is your word – usually either “I didn’t do it,” or, “we had sex, but she consented.” So, the Defense […]

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Oct 2011
06

Internet Child Pornography: More Than Meets The Eye?

The internet can be a very scary and dangerous place, but not for the reasons that first meet the eye. There are many ways to break the law on the world wide web, and the internet is loaded with traps for the unwary. However, there is nothing on line that is as fraught with peril, […]

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Sep 2011
27

Michigan Supreme Court is at it Again in a Sex Crimes Case – This Time: Jury Instruction

The Michigan Supreme Court is at it again in a sex crimes case. Despite agreeing that a defendant’s jury was given improper jury instructions, the Supreme Court recently used a “legal technicality” (failure of the defendant’s lawyer to object to the improper jury instructions at trial) to affirm his conviction. The Michigan Supreme Court reinstated […]

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