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Should a defendant’s past conduct be admissible at trial?

The case against actor and comedian Bill Cosby recently brought one of the most controversial issues in criminal law into the forefront of the public’s mind. That is, whether a jury should hear about someone’s past conduct at trial? The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in Cosby’s case, focusing on this veryContinue reading “Should a defendant’s past conduct be admissible at trial?”

Mark Satawa Represents Ty Garbin in Federal Court

News of six men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Esther Whitmer has been circling news outlets for the past few days. They were allegedly plotting to kidnap Whitmer outside of her northern Michigan vacation home. One of the accused is Ty Garbin and attorney Mark Satawa of Satawa Law PLLC has beenContinue reading “Mark Satawa Represents Ty Garbin in Federal Court”

Domestic Violence cases are all different

Domestic violence cases are different, and in many important ways. A first time, simple domestic violence case is a misdemeanor punishable in Michigan by up to 93 days in jail and a fine, which is the same penalty of a misdemeanor retail fraud. But they are not retail frauds, and they are not reckless driving.Continue reading “Domestic Violence cases are all different”