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  • February 21
    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.
  • September 6
    For years, NCVLI has been leading the fight in federal courts to secure full restitution for child-victims of sexual abuse whose images are preserved and viewed by others.  This week we took the fight into state court in Oregon in the case State v. Culbertson.  As we said in our brief, “‘Simply put, defendant committed a crime and should pay restitution for that crime.’”  Click here to learn more.
  • April 5
    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • February 25
    NCVLI is filing an amicus curiae brief in support of the Arizona Voice for Crime Victims’ Petition for Special Action to do away with the doctrine of abatement ab initio, a practice that vacates an offender’s conviction when they die.  The case involves the surviving family of a murder victim whose rights to fairness and justice have been violated by the application of abatement ab initio in the death of the defendant who murdered their loved one.
  • January 6
    NCVLI joins longtime partner Arizona Voice for Crime Victims (ACVC) in a case before the Arizona Court of Appeals in which a self-represented defendant was granted permission by the trial court to personally cross-examine 3 women that he raped.  The victims in the case include two witnesses who were victims of prior rapes for which defendant was convicted and the victim in the current prosecution.  Each woman has expressed fear at being examined by the rapist and reluctance to participate if he once again has power over them. Click here to learn more.
  • January 6
    In our ongoing effort to ensure victims’ have a voice before the United States Supreme Court and to fight for full restitution for children who have been sexually exploited and filmed (a.k.a. child abuse image victims or victims of child pornography), NCVLI teamed up with the University of Pennsylvania Law School Supreme Court Clinic in late December to file an amicus curiae brief in support of a petition for review before the U.S. Supreme Court. The New York Times Magazine published a moving front page story about this issue, “The Price of a Stolen Childhood,” in their Sunday, January 27th, 2013 edition.
  • December 12
    NCVLI recently submitted an amicus brief in a case in the Maryland Court of Appeals addressing a disturbing recurring issue lawyers and advocates around the country are facing, most often involving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Offenders are using civil torts such as malicious prosecution and defamation to sue and recover damages from their victims when the victim reports criminal conduct but the defendant is not convicted.  Click here to read more.
  • June 5
    NCVLI, along with the National Center for Victims of Crime, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and several other victims’ rights advocacy groups, recently submitted an amicus curiae brief in the Sandusky case.  In the brief, NCVLI and its partners argue that the victims should be allowed to proceed by pseudonym for the duration of the trial to protect the victims’ fundamental rights to privacy, protection, and access to the courts.
  • February 16
    NCVLI recently filed an amicus brief in the Oregon Court of Appeals in support of the victim’s right to restitution.  NCVLI urged the appellate court to hold the defendant responsible for the consequences of her criminal activity and affirm the restitution order.  As NCVLI argued, to do otherwise would improperly and unfairly place the financial burden on the victim to pay for the harm caused by defendant’s conduct.
  • February 2
    The Eleventh Circuit court of appeals ruled that a Florida District Court abused its discretion when it denied the requests of four women to proceed anonymously in a civil suit against Joe Francis, the producer of the “Girls Gone Wild” DVD series.  NCVLI participated in the proceedings as amicus curiae.
  • December 22
    NCVLI will be moving to participate as amicus curiae in an upcoming case involving the interpretation of Oregon’s restitution statute. The defendant, who was convicted of manslaughter in the second degree, is appealing the restituion ordered to the victim’s family, arguing that these expenses were not “necessarily” incurred, as required under Oregon statute.
  • August 23
    NCVLI submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Washington Court of Appeals arguing that  victims and other witnesses cannot be compelled to give a recorded interview to defense counsel in a criminal case because the practice violates the victim’s constitutional and statutory rights, and also re-victimizes the victims.
  • April 14
    In State v. Mankin, a Washington trial court ordered witnesses in a criminal case to undergo a pretrial deposition because they declined to allow a pretrial interview to be recorded. 
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