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Motion Practice in a Child Sex Case

By Kathleen Stilling and Jerome Buting

Editor’s Note: Kathleen Stilling’s previous article discussing how to defend a child sexual abuse case appeared in The Champion in April 2015. That article gave criminal defense lawyers a basic plan for preparing, analyzing, and investigating child sex cases.


 Have a bias toward action — let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away. 

— Indira Gandhi, Indian Statesman (1917-1984) 

Motion practice is an essential feature of a vigorous defense to a child sexual abuse case. A well-prepared defense lawyer will use the information that she has gathered through a review of the investigative materials and an independent investigation and consultation with experts in order to prepare and file motions to get more discovery, block inadmissible evidence, and develop the defense theme. In the run up to trial, motion practice will play a critical role in establishing the parameters of the government and the defense c

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