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…

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…

Prosecutor Misconduct in Child Rape Case

In 2006, Bryce Smiley (hereinafter “Mr. Smiley”) was 15 when his father remarried. The blended family included a stepsister, who was 8 years old at the time the family starting living together.  Mr. Smiley joined the military in January, 2011, and was deployed to Afghanistan in December 2012.  Very shortly after the deployment, the stepsister Read More…