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Guidance. Resources. Perspectives. Find them each month in The Champion.
Discover strategies to overcome the jury’s assumption that if there is DNA evidence, the defendant is guilty.
This issue of The Champion offers suggestions to help combat improper juror rehabilitation during voir dire.
In this issue, discover a basic plan for preparing, analyzing, and investigating child sex cases.
Should states enact new laws that better balance legitimate needs for police safety with the rights of citizens to be free from the unjustified use of deadly force?
Does use of a StingRay device amount to a Fourth Amendment search? How can defense lawyers challenge these searches?
This month, The Champion helps attorneys identify issues that are essential in mounting a defense when a client is accused of boating while intoxicated.
Learn how to use experts effectively in cases involving Internet chat rooms and police sting operations.
What are the challenges a defendant faces in a tax case when the government pursues simultaneous civil and criminal penalties?
Are the most basic elements of fairness and due process missing from college procedures in campus sexual assault cases?
Does the defense always need its own forensic pathologist in a homicide case?
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