Satawa Law recently has won another Title IX hearing, as the office for title 9 and institutional equity at University in Western Michigan “unanimously determined that the preponderance of evidence does not support a finding that the responded engaged in sexual assault or sexual harassment.”Read More

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More people are convicted on their own words, than on fingerprints or DNA. Federal Rule of Evidence 801 and Michigan Rule of Evidence 801 provide that a party (the prosecution) can introduce the out of court words of the opposing party (you), by having someone testify to what they claim they heard you say. Such testimony may be given by a police officer, detective, or any other person. Using such testimony against you does not violate rules against introducing hearsay evidence. While some statements elicited by police or agents can…Read More

While every case is different, we have developed a 10 step approach to winning that gets results, and most (sometimes not all) of these steps will be used in your case. ADDRESS CLIENT’S IMMEDIATE NEEDS Seek release with favorable bond amounts and conditions Contact people designated by client and provide such information as the client wishes to release Determine whether the client needs an interpreter Determine if the client is a US citizen or has immigration concerns Determine if the client has health or safety needs that are not being…Read More

It is every new parent or babysitters worst nightmare – an infant goes to the hospital, with seizures or labored breathing. Then everyone at hospital starts to treat your differently, and pretty soon it is obvious that the doctors, nurses, social workers, and police think you hurt the child. You hear the term shaken baby syndrome for the first time, or maybe the new one: abusive head trauma. They have pre-judged you guilty, and expect you to prove your innocence. The Mayo Clinic describes “shaken baby syndrome” (SBS) — more…Read More

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees every criminally accused the right to a trial by an impartial jury. Likewise, every state in the union, including Michigan, has a similar provision in their respective constitutions. No matter what state you are in—you have the right to a trial by jury. However, a troubling development has strengthened where the “collateral costs” of going to trial have forced the majority of defendants to engage in plea bargaining, even when they are innocent, and forego their Constitutional right to a trial…Read More

Have you been charged with “criminal sexual conduct”, the Michigan statutory term for rape or molestation? If so, then the psychological history of your accuser could go a long way towards determining the truthfulness of the allegations, and her true motivation for bringing the allegations of sexual assault. Certainly, women report instances of rape because they were in fact sexually assaulted. Unfortunately, the number of false allegations of sexual assault is huge – even the Department of Justice acknowledges that sexual assault is the most over reported crime, with false…Read More

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 (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/22/nyregion/22judge.html) , Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the United States District Court in Brooklyn, New York (http://www.nyed.uscourts.gov/index.cfm), explained his reasoning. While he obviously does not approve of child pornography, he believes that defendants accused of mere possession, as opposed to those who produce and distribute the offensive material, are…Read More

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees every person accused of a crime the right to “confront” and cross examine the witnesses against him in court. The United States Supreme Court has emphasized over the years that except in the most extreme circumstances, this guarantee requires face to face confrontation in an open courtroom. However, when it comes to allegations of sexual assault against minors, trial courts will frequently try to take shortcuts; and in one recent case, a majority of the Michigan Supreme Court turned a blind…Read More

A Federal Judge dismissed the serious charges against seven members of the Michigan Militia Group known as the Hutaree yesterday in a 28-page opinion and order. The Defense team of Mark Satawa, Bill Swor, Jim Thomas, Art Weiss, Mike Rataj, Rick Helfrick, Todd Shanker, Henry Scharg, Mike Naughton, and Harry Mihas, had filed a series of Rule 29 Motions for Directed Motions on Friday, followed by a full day hearing on Monday. The Judge ruled that the defendant’s actions were protected by the 1st Amendment rights to free speech and…Read More

Michigan appellate courts continue to ignore the need to protect the rights of the accused and prevent false convictions of the innocent in sex crimes cases. In April, a three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals said “plainly erroneous” jury instructions were insufficient to overturn the conviction of Jeffrey Eisen on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct. This follows a Michigan Supreme Court decision last July declaring that a “constitutional error” in misinforming a jury was not grounds to reverse a sex crimes conviction. Eisen was tried and convicted…Read More

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 as a “fast-paced, entertaining webcast featuring leading criminal defense experts discussing their tried and true practical tips for defending criminal sexual conduct cases.” The seminar covered a wide range of practical topics and practice hints on defending child sexual assault…Read More

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