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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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Jan 2011
27

It is NEVER Safe to Possess Child Pornography

As if we needed yet another reminder, the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has “reminded” everyone once again that it is NEVER safe to possess child pornography – even for a “legal” purpose like an attorney or an attorney’s expert using it as an exhibit in court. On January 19, 2011, the Sixth […]

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Jan 2011
25

Proven Defense Strategies for Challenging Criminal Sexual Conduct Cases

On January 13, 2011, Mark A. Satawa presented along with attorney Joe Simon of Simon & Geherin PLLC for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education seminar on Proven Defense Strategies for Challenging Criminal Sexual Conduct Cases. The seminar was moderated by attorney Novia M. Gonzalez-Nichols of Gonzalez-Nichols & Nichols. The seminar was described by ICLE […]

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