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Opening and closing statements at domestic violence hearings
While a closing can follow the outline of the initial opening by showing how each of the facts described in the opening statement were proved, it should iterate all statutory factors that must be considered by the court ...
A victim of sexual assault or domestic violence retracts a recantation. Is their credibility compromised?
To an outside observer, it may appear as erratic flip flopping. More often, it’s a symptom of the traumatic experience the survivor went through. Still, how much has the vacillation damaged the credibility of the victim/survivor ...
When domestic violence is a two-way street, terminating both parents’ rights may be in the best interest of the child
(ALM (formerly American Lawyer Media), 2022-11-10)
In the recent trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, the phrase “mutual abuse” was used by the psychologist testifying on Depp’s behalf. Mutual abuse is a term sometimes used to assign accusations of instigation and abusive ...
Recusal in the context of domestic violence cases where there are children
(ALM (formerly American Lawyer Media), 2022-10-11)
States have canons of judicial conduct as well as rules governing circumstances when judges should recuse themselves from hearing cases. The rules may provide for judges to remove themselves and/or for litigants or their ...
Making and responding to objections at trials involving domestic violence
Determining when and whether to object to an argument, statement or question made by opposing counsel, or to object to an answer given by a witness is an important decision to be made at trial. Doing so calls for knowledge ...
What ‘Safety First’ for Children Should Mean
By keeping safety as paramount and separate, courts will not weigh parental rights against child safety. Safety will be the sole consideration. A child should be entitled to no less safeguards than an adult at a domestic ...