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Norman Guthkelch, Voice of Reason in “Shaken Baby” Debate, Dies

Norman Guthkelch, the man whose hypothesis about shaking babies turned into a doctrine he did not support, has died. He was 100 years old. Dr. Guthkelch spent his last years working with the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center. He offered expert testimony in response to weakly-supported medical opinions that babies had been violently...
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Assault in the Fourth Degree No Longer Disqualifies Individuals from Firearms Possession

Due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2013, Descamps v. United States, a Washington State conviction for Assault in the Fourth Degree no longer disqualifies individuals from possessing firearms. A federal statute, Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 922(g)(9), prohibits individuals convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing firearms....
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Mandatory Domestic Violence Arrest Age Increased in Washington State

The Washington State Legislature has granted police officers discretion to decide whether to arrest 16- and 17-year-olds who appear to have committed domestic violence. Washington requires a police officer who has probable cause to believe a person has committed an act of domestic violence within the previous four hours to arrest that person. It is...
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Giving One’s All for Forensic Science

At the Marshall Defense Firm, we follow the news in forensic science. Research in DNA matching, semen detection, estimating ages of fractures and bruises, and errors of human memory—these are at times central to our cases defending persons accused of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence. Forensic scientists working for law enforcement have had...
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