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Victory: Defendant Did Not Have the Right to Personally Cross-Examination Minor Rape Victim at Trial

NCVLI is proud to be part of the Women’s Law Project’s amicus effort in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court case Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Patrick Tighe agreeing that the trial court’s rejection of a defendant’s request to personally cross-examine his minor sexual assault victim during trial did not violate the defendant’s constitutional rights. Learn more on the Women’s Law Project Blog.

State Asks Montana Supreme Court To Uphold Marsy’s Law

State Asks Montana Supreme Court To Uphold Marsy’s Law

Probation Innovation Stymied By Lack of Data

Probation Innovation Stymied By Lack of Data

Proposed Bill Would Change Law After Aaron Hernandez Suicide

Proposed Bill Would Change Law After Aaron Hernandez Suicide

Attorneys, Coalition To Be Honored at Conference After N.H. Rape Shield Case

Attorneys, Coalition To Be Honored at Conference After N.H. Rape Shield Case

NCVLI Executive Director to Give Keynote Address at 2017 Crime Victims’ Rights Event

NCVLI Executive Director to Give Keynote Address at 2017 Crime Victims’ Rights Event

Crime Victim Litigation Clinic Advancing Victims’ Rights

To secure a place for victims as full participants in the criminal justice system requires culture change, which in turn requires that the next generation of lawyers be more aware of and committed to victims’ rights.  So each term NCVLI teaches the Crime Victim Litigation Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School. This fall five second and third year law students are working to advance victims’ rights. Click here to learn more about their work.

Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

Press Release - Victory for Victims of Child Rape Imagery

Today, the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) was part of an important victory for victims of child rape imagery (a.k.a. child pornography) who seek to prevent copies of their images being disseminated during court cases. Click here to read the press release.

NCVLI Joins Coalition Seeking Guidance on Gender-Biased Policing

NCVLI has joined a coalition of 186 organizations asking the US Department of Justice to issue guidance on gender-biased policing of sexual assault and domestic violence cases. Click here to learn more.

Ex-Minuteman likely to question girls in sex-abuse trial

Ex-Minuteman likely to question girls in sex-abuse trial

Victims’ Right to be Heard at Sentencing - an Unfettered Right

Victims in every jurisdiction have the right to be heard at sentencing proceedings.  Federal courts have interpreted this right to be “an indefeasible right” akin to a defendant’s right to be heard at sentencing.  Unfortunately, even federal courts sometimes fail to recognize victims’ independent participatory status in proceedings.  Recently, NCVLI submitted an amicus letter to the court fighting to protect a victim’s right to be heard so that her voice could truly be heard.