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Aug 2011
24

College Life and Sex Crimes

It’s every parent’s nightmare–a string of sexual assaults near your child’s college campus. For many Michigan parents, this is a reality defined by cable news and newspaper headlines. Beginning on July 15, a string of sexual assaults on young women near the University of Michigan campus were reported, plaguing the community and incoming freshman with […]

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May 2011
28

New York Cops Acquitted of Criminal Sexual Conduct

The two New York police officers accused of raping a drunken women after they helped her get back into her apartment were acquitted by a jury this week. It does not seem to matter how many times we read about false allegations of rape and sexual assault, every time a jury vindicates a defendant charged […]

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Apr 2011
29

Removal From The Sex Offender Registry

Will the new Sexual Offenders Registration and Notification Act (SORA) allow you or a loved one to be removed from the sexual-offenders registry? In many situations, the answer is yes. In others, it is unclear. We have been closely tracking the changes to Michigan’s SORA law, and discussed these changes extensively on this blog. These […]

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Apr 2011
14

New Sex Offender Registration Act Becomes Law in Michigan

On April 12, 2011, Governor Snyder signed a bill making sweeping changes to Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act (Public Acts 17, 18, and 19 of 2011). An initial review of the changes show that while many of the proponents are congratulating themselves for finally bringing sanity to a law in much need of it, a […]

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Apr 2011
10

Is There a Link Between Child Pornography and Child Molestation?

Is there any connection between possessing and/or viewing child porn and commission of an actual act of child molesting? For the past few years, prosecutors across the country have pointed to a flawed study conducted in a federal prison to answer “yes, there is.” That study was conducted at the Federal Prison in Butner and […]

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Mar 2011
15

Michigan’s Sex Crime Categories Defined

If you have been charged with a sex crime in the state of Michigan, you may not only be facing serious jail time, but could be branded with the lifelong label of “sex offender.” Once convicted of a sex crime, you not only suffer the stigma the label brings but will be required to go […]

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Mar 2011
11

Michigan on track to finally change Sex Offender Registration Act

At long last, Michigan appears to be on its way to changing the rules of the State’s Sex Offender Registration Act – and with these changes bring some much needed sanity to a law much in need of it. Currently, Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act, MCLA 28.721 et. seq., is a “one tier” system. This […]

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Feb 2011
15

Child Pornography Laws Too Harsh?

Are the laws surrounding possession of child pornography draconian and over the top? Are the sentencing guidelines and the resulting sentences for possessing child pornography excessive? At least one federal judge may believe so. In a recent New York Times article, Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the United States District Court in Brooklyn, New York, […]

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Feb 2011
10

Shaken Baby Syndrome Back In The News

It’s back in the news – again. That’s right, just when you thought it was safe to go outside, the “debate” regarding shaken baby syndrome, and its use in criminal courtrooms throughout the country, is back. On February 2, 2011, Emily Bazelon, a senior editor at Slate and the Truman Capote law-and-media fellow at Yale […]

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Feb 2011
08

Michigan’s Sex Offenders Registration Act

A hot-off-the presses published opinion of the Court of Appeals has finally determined that registration under Michigan’s Sexual Offenders Registration Act (SORA) is a “direct consequence” of guilt. People v Fonville, No. 294554 (Decided January 25, 2011). As a “direct consequence,” it is ineffective assistance of counsel to not identify this requirement to a defendant […]

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