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  • Use of
    Use of "Similar Crimes" Evidence by the Defense

    In Pennsylvania, we tend to hear about how the prosecution is able to use “evidence of prior bad acts” to show the defendant’s character only if it’s being used to prove “motive, opportunity, intent, ...

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  • Date Rape and the Defense of 'Mistake of Fact'
    Date Rape and the Defense of 'Mistake of Fact'

    I have dealt with many sexual assault cases in the past where there is a genuine mistake of the fact as to whether or not the victim has consented to the particular circumstances that lead to the ...

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  • Right to Speedy Trial
    Right to Speedy Trial

    By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini , Criminal Trial Lawyer, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania In Pennsylvania, the rules of court provide that a criminal defendant must be brought to trial from the date of ...

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  • Unexplained Fractures in Infants - A Case for Bone Density Scans at Birth
    Unexplained Fractures in Infants - A Case for Bone Density Scans at Birth

    By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini , Child Physical/Sexual Abuse Lawyer, Harrisburg, PA I have previously discussed the prevailing scientific theory that rib fractures in infants and small children ...

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  • What is Meant by “Penetration However Slight?”
    What is Meant by “Penetration However Slight?”

    By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini , Criminal Defense Lawyer for Sexual Abuse Crimes, Harrisburg, PA There are many crimes in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States that require “penetration ...

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  • The Science of Shaken Baby Syndrome
    The Science of Shaken Baby Syndrome

    Every year in this country, hundreds of people are accused of having shaken a baby, many are even convicted. However, expert medical testimony in the form of opinion is often used to establish that a ...

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