Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome Expert Witness Testimony Went Too Far, Defendant Awarded New Trial

I rarely discuss out of state appellate decisions, unless the issues involved could be influential in the State of Washington. An appellate case out of California, People v. Cody Julian, is a recent example. It involves an area of psychology called Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome. What is Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome? Child Sexual Read More…

Seattle Massage Parlor Sting Focuses on Owners Not Johns

On February 28, 2019 in Seattle’s Chinatown, police raided 11 different massage parlors. Hordes of “customers” were not arrested, but five owners of the various “businesses” were. The lead detective, Seattle Sgt. Tom Umporowicz, stated at the conclusion of the raids, “from the beginning, the focus of the investigation was on targeting the people responsible Read More…

Court Finds Texts to Pimp Are Not Confidential

Purchasing sex via internet ads rarely turns out the way customers intend.  Often, the experiences have serious legal consequences. In the 2018 case of Mr. Hopper, he was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor.  His criminal case hinged on text messages found on the phone of an underage prostitute’s pimp. Hopper searched “Backpage.com” (which Read More…