Tagged: Child Abuse

“How to be Innocent and be Found not Guilty” – Criminal Sexual Conduct CLE

The South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has invited Charles Grose to speak about defending someone charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  The seminar will take place the the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Friday, March 9, 2018.

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Mangal v. State – What are the Takeaways?

In Mangal v. State, our Supreme Court allowed a conviction for first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) with a minor to stand in the face of a disturbing combination of ineffective assistance of trial and post-conviction relief (PCR) counsel.  Mangal’s trial counsel failed to object to expert testimony that improperly bolstered the testimony of the child, and […]

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Confrontation Clause vs. Witness’ Privacy

In State v. Blackwell, 420 S.C. 127, 801 S.E.2d 713 (2017), the South Carolina Supreme Court addressed what the Court termed “the novel question of whether a criminal defendant’s constitutional right to confront a witness trumps a witness’s state constitutional right to privacy and statutory privilege to maintain confidential mental health records.”  Our Court recognized, “[T]he majority of jurisdictions […]

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Trial Procedures for Videotaped Child Interviews

In State v. Anderson, 413 S.C. 212, 776 S.E.2d 76 (2015), the South Carolina Supreme Court settled on procedures for admitting, during jury trials, the videotaped child interview conducted as part of the investigation into child sex abuse allegations.  First, outside the presence of the jurors, the trial judge determines whether the interview satisfies the […]

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Charles Grose Speaks at Public Defender Conference

On September 25, 2017, Charles Grose spoke at the 2017 Public Defender Conference in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The topic, “Handling the Scariest Witness on Earth: The Child in CSC Cases,” was  intended to help lawyers face their fears of cross-examining children.

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Charles Grose Speaks to Judges

On March 6, 2017, Charles Grose spoke at the South Carolina Association of Circuit Court Judges Spring 2017 Conference.  His topic was “Expert Witness Issues in Child Sexual Abuse Cases.”

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Confronting Prosecution Strategies in Child Sex Abuse Cases

For decades, the prosecution has utilized a coordinated strategy to investigate and prosecute child sex abuse cases.  Expert testimony to explain a child’s inconsistent behavior and statements is central to the prosecution strategy.  Utilizing this strategy, prosecutors routinely solicited improper opinion evidence from the purported expert.  Our Supreme Court disallowed this practice in a recent […]

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Preview: 2015 Blues, BBQ, & Bar CLE Presenataion

The South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have invited Charles Grose and Chelsea McNeill to speak at the 2015 Blues, BBQ, and Bar CLE on Friday, July 10, 2015.  The prevention, “Defending Child Sex Abuse Cases,” will discuss jury selection, law enforcement interviews of the children, delayed reporting of child sexual abuse, and cross-examining […]

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“Stopping the Runaway Train—Getting Control of Child Sex Abuse Cases.”

On September 22, 2014, Charles Grose spoke at the 2014 South Carolina Public Defender Association Conference in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  His presentation focused on the rules and procedures for try child sex abuse cases in South Carolina.  

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Controversy Over Child Sexual Abuse Interviews Continues

On April 9, 2014, the South Carolina Court of Appeals decided State v. Portillo.  Although the Court of Appeals found two types of error, the Court concluded that error was not reversible error in this case. The Court relied on our Supreme Court’s opinion in State v. Kromah and held the trial judge erred in […]

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