Random Musings on Trying a Child Sex Abuse Case

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Blog | 3 comments

by Jill Paperno, Esq.,  author of Representing the Accused:A Practical Guide to Criminal Defense  A while back, after I completed a child sex trial, I wrote a post on this site as to Tactics to Consider in Trying a Child Sex Case. After a few years more experience, including a child sex trial this past week, there are some additional tactics and strategies I would like to share. There are certain things we can expect in...

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Federal Venue: Keeping it Close to Home

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

By William T. Easton As criminal defense attorneys, we are inclined to think of venue as something we want to change. Thus, we occasionally make a motion for a change of venue based on prejudicial pre-trial publicity. To preserve our client’s right to due process, we want to get out of Dodge– preferably as far away as possible–to avoid the pervasive publicity generally concentrated in the locale where the crime occurred.  As a result,...

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NACDL press release: FBI Testimony on Microscopic Hair Analysis Contained Errors in at least 90% of Cases in Ongoing Review

Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

(Washington, DC – April 20, 2015) The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Innocence Project and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) reported today that the FBI has concluded that the examiners’ testimony in at least 90 percent of trial transcripts the Bureau analyzed as part of its Microscopic Hair Comparison Analysis Review contained erroneous statements. Twenty-six of twenty-eight FBI agent/analysts provided either testimony with erroneous...

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Selective Silence of Defendant Cannot Be Used in Prosecution’s Case In Chief

Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

by James Eckert, Monroe County Assistant Public Defender The Court of Appeals, Fahey, J. writing for the court, held: “as a matter of state evidentiary law, that evidence of a defendant’s selective silence generally may not be used by the People as part of their case-in-chief, either to allow the jury to infer the defendant’s admission of guilt or to impeach the credibility of the defendant’s version of events when the defendant has not testified.” (People v...

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Police Officers May Not Testify That They They Believe the Defendant is Guilty

Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Evidence as to what was said by an interrogating police officer during the interrogation, including testimony that officer told the suspect/defendant that he thought he was lying in denying committing the crime is arguably admissible as it tended to explain to the jury the circumstances of the alleged statements, thereby countering a claim that the statement was not voluntarily obtained (People v Walden, 148 AD2d 971 [4th Dept 1989]). However, in People v Pabon...

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