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Apr 2019
12

Title 9 Campus Sexual Assaults at Michigan State go from Bad to Worse

So let me get this straight. After fumbling this issue at every turn, including replacing Simon with Engler, MSU now hires a former judge with ties to Engler to oversee its title nine sexual assault compliance.  As @amandathomashow tweeted: Everyone: MSU cannot possibly screw this up anymore  MSU: hold my beer  Campus sexual assault is […]

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Apr 2019
09

How far can states go in restricting visiting to incarcerated inmates?

Well, nearly 25 years ago, Michigan adopted a new policy. In 1995, the MDOC announced that any inmate found guilty of 2 substance abuse violations would lose all visitation rights, except from their lawyer or clergy. The policy also barred visits from minors unless they were the inmates’ own children, thereby eliminating visits from nephews, […]

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Mar 2019
22

The odds against citizens accused of sex crimes just got worse.

The odds against citizens accused of sex crimes just got worse (again). Beginning March 17, 2019, amended MCL 768.27b (see 2018 PA 372), allows prosecutors other to admit “other acts” evidence of prior sexual assault “for any purpose for which it is relevant.” “Other acts evidence” of prior sexual assaults have always been admissible under […]

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Mar 2019
21

Sexual Assault, Campus Hearings, and Title IX

Student disciplinary hearings aren’t new. But in the wake of #metoo, restrictions on basic due process rights during those hearings spread quickly over the past several years. Students were frequently sanctioned, suspended, forced to live off campus, and expelled without even basic rights – like confronting their accuser, questioning him/her, appealing the decision, be represented […]

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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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