On May 2, 2019, firm partner Britt Cobb spoke at a seminar sponsored by the Grand Rapids Bar Association for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) on Other Acts Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Cases.
During the seminar, Britt discussed the interplay between MRE 404 and MCL 768.27a and MCL 768.27b, statutes, which override MRE 404 in cases involving child sexual abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence offenses to allow “other acts” evidence of the defendant to show propensity. Britt and the group discussed various ways to combat how this type of evidence is offered against a defendant in a criminal case.
The seminar was part of the MIDC’s commitment to providing required continuing legal education opportunities to lawyers who provide indigent criminal defense services. MCL 780.991