Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Admissibility of Defendants Prior Bad Acts Including Relationship Evidence (12-06)

QUESTION: To be Admissible, Evidence of Prior Bad Acts of Defendant, including Defendant’s Relationship with the Victim, Must Fit within 1 of 4 Exceptions to the General Rule Prohibiting Evidence of Bad Character.

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Battered Woman Syndrome (10-13)

QUESTION: During A Criminal Sexual Conduct (Rape) Jury Trial Involving A Battered Woman Relationship, The Prosecution Attempts To Introduce Evidence Of The “Battered Woman Syndrome” To Explain:

1. Why Some Victims Fail To Timely Report Crimes;

2. Why Some Victims Often Recant Testimony;

3. Why Some Victims Refuse To Leave Abusive Relationships,

What Is The “Battered Woman Syndrome” And What 4 Step Analysis Should The District Court Follow When Ruling On Admissibility?

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