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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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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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Sep 2015
14

Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Diagnosis That Divides the Medical World

Shaken baby syndrome has been a recognized diagnosis for several decades, though many medical professionals now prefer the term abusive head trauma. It is defined by a constellation of symptoms known as the triad: brain swelling, bleeding on the surface of the brain and bleeding behind the eyes. For years, those three symptoms by themselves […]

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Mar 2013
06

Identifying Experts In Infant Traumatic Brain Injury And Shaken Baby Syndrome Case

One of my most rewarding facets of my practice is when I am brought into cases by another lawyer to consult, co-counsel, or just brainstorm on infant traumatic brain injury/SBS cases in Michigan and other states. The most common first question is – what expert(s) do I need to hire on my case? While this […]

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Jan 2013
17

Michigan Goes Backwards On SORA Reform

In terms of Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry, the axiom of the State giveth, and the state then taketh away seems to apply. After years of fighting for sane and reasonable reform in Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry, the State finally passed new legislation in July 2011 that reformed many parts of Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act, […]

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Dec 2012
08

Kirsch & Satawa Named Michigan Boutique Firm of the Month in Detroit’s Attorney at Law Magazine

New Law Magazine Selects Firm as Representing the Best in Boutique Law Firms Mark A. Satawa and Lisa Kirsch Satawa were featured in Metro Detroit Attorney at Law Magazine (MDAAL), as that periodical named Kirsch & Satawa, PC of Southfield, Michigan as the Boutique Law Firm of the Month in its inaugural November 2012 issue. […]

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Nov 2012
13

Lisa Kirsch Satawa to Lecture on Child Witnesses and the Forensic Interviewing Protocol

On December 7, 2012, the Ingham County Bar Association Criminal Law Section will host a presentation in Lansing, Michigan on how to question child witnesses and the forensic interviewing protocol. The speaker will be Lisa Kirsch Satawa of Kirsch & Satawa, PC. The seminar covers a wide range of topics and issues related to child […]

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Oct 2012
24

Criminal Cases Involving Child Witnesses

If you saw a child on the street, at the mall or in the grocery, how would you react? Positive? Complimentary? Kind? Certainly not scared. Why are so many lawyers so afraid of child witnesses? These little ones are not mini-adults. Throughout each stage of development, every child has limits and unique nuances to communicating, […]

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Aug 2012
30

Constitutional Right to Present a Defense Trumped in Criminal Sexual Conduct Conviction

When prosecutors and trial judges take shortcuts with a defendant’s rights, appellate courts often look the other way by declaring “harmless error” or holding that even clear violations “are not of constitutional magnitude” warranting a new trial. Recently the Michigan Court of Appeals invoked both of these aphorisms in affirming a sexual assault conviction where […]

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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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