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Is Illegal Possession of a Firearm a Violent Act?

May 11, 2015
Supreme Court finds portion of Armed Career Criminal Act unconstitutionally vague. In recent years, California has made important strides towards improving the fairness of criminal penalties with sentencing reform measures such as Prop 47 as well as revisions to the Three Strikes Law. However, as one recent Supreme Court case shows, there are still some…
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Alzheimer Patient’s Husband Acquitted of Sex Abuse Charges

May 7, 2015
Defense destroys prosecution’s evidence in controversial sex abuse case. One year after allegations of sex abuse of his wife spurred an international news frenzy, 78-year-old Henry Rayhons has been acquitted. Sex abuse charges encompass a wide variety of acts, but the uniting factor is always that the act was committed against another’s will for the…
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FBI Admits Decades of Flawed Hair Analysis Testimony

May 5, 2015
Detailed review shows FBI overstated forensic matches in 95 percent of trials. Last month the FBI formally acknowledged serious flaws in the way in which their examiners presented hair analysis testimony to criminal courts from the 1970s to the 1990s. The FBI began investigating the problem several years ago, following an exposé printed by The…
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Breaking: New 2015 Swedish Study Links Genes and Sexual Offenses

May 4, 2015
Does the tendency to commit sexual crimes arise from people’s upbringing, genes, or a mixture of both factors? A new Swedish study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology this week, has found that genes has more to do with the probability of committing sexual crimes than previously thought. Pertinent background info The 37-year nationwide…
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Sex Crimes–What is a “CSAAS” Expert?

In many cases involving sexual molestation or other sex crimes involving children, it is common for the prosecution (and sometimes the defense) to call a Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome ("CSAAS") expert. This expert, typically a psychiatrist or psychologist, seeks to provide insight to the jury concerning why children are reluctant to disclose sexual abuse and how children attempt to Continue Reading