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INVESTIGATION

Appendix II-1     The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Sexual Assault Checklist                              

Appendix II-2     Child Sexual Abuse Evaluation Form………………………………………..

Appendix II-3     Child Physical Abuse Evlauation Form………………………………………

Appendix II-4     Evidence Worksheet for Immersion Burns................................................................

Appendix II-5a   Anatomical Drawing of Ribs and Spinal Column...............................................

Appendix II-5b   Anatomical Drawing of Child’s Skeletal System....................................

Appendix II-5c   Anatomical Drawings of Progressive Views of Skull and Brain...........................................................

Appendix II-5d   Anatomical Drawing of Skull.....................................................................................................................  

Appendix II-5e    Diagram of Vaginal Area....................................................................................................................                              Appendix II-6     Authorization for Release of Medical Information ...................................................................                         

Appendix II-7     Glossary of Medical Terms……………………………………………………

Appendix II-8      Medical Bibliography………………………………………………………….

CHARGING, PLEA NEGOTIATION AND DISPOSITION

 

Appendix III-1     Letter Informing Victim of Decision to Decline Prosecution…………..

Appendix III-2     Letter Informing Victim of Decision to Prosecute……………………..

Appendix III-3     Letter Informing Victim of Pending Court Date……………………….

Appendix III-4     Letter Informing Victim of Sentencing Date…………………………...

Appendix III-5     Notice of Imposed Sentencing………………………………………….

Appendix III-6     Sample Employment/School Excuse Letter ……………………………

Appendix III-7     Letter Informing Victim of Pending Family Violence Case ……………

Appendix III-8     Letter Informing Victim of Parole Eligibility…………………………

Appendix III-9     Prisoner Locator Information: State and Federal ………………………..

Appendix III-10   Sample Victim Witness Letter ………………………………………….

Appendix III-11   Victim Impact Statement Description…………………………………...

Appendix III-12a  Victim Impact Statement………………………………………………...

Appendix III-12b  Victim Impact Statement for Parents of Child Victims…………………

Appendix III-12c  Victim Impact Statement for the School-Aged Child…………………..

Appendix III-12d  Victim Impact Statement for Very Young Children ……………………

Appendix III-13    Victim Assistance Program Evaluation Form …………………………..

Appendix III-14    Evaluation Form for Victims and Prosecution Witnesses……………….

Appendix III-15    Motion to Amend Information…………………………………………..

Appendix III-16    Sentencing Memorandum in Child Sexual Abuse Case……………….. 

PRE-TRIAL MOTIONS

 

Appendix IV-1     Motion to Revoke Conditional Release .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-2     Motion to Modify Bond Conditions .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-3     Motion to Increase Bond .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-4     Application to Strengthen Bond .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-5     Protective Order to Restrict Defendant’s Conduct ...............................................................................

Appendix IV-6a   State’s Response to Defendant’s Request for a Bill of Particulars………..….

Appendix IV-6b   Commonwealth’s Response to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss the Charges

                              Based on Lack of Specificity…………………………………………………

Appendix IV-6c   Memorandum of Law and Argument Supporting Opposition To Motion To

                             Dismiss The Charges Based On Lack Of Specificity………………….………

Appendix IV-7a   State’s Discovery Motion……………………………………………………..

Appendix IV-7b   State’s Motion To Produce Notice Of Insanity Defense, Alibi, Witnesses And

                             Production Of Reports  .....................................................................................................................   

Appendix IV-8     State’s Motion for Discovery, Findings and Order ..................................................................................

Appendix IV-9     State’s Motion for Protective Order Sealing Discovery ........................................................................................

Appendix IV-10   Order To Produce and Protective Order For Videotaped Forensic Interview..

Appendix IV-11   Opposition to Defendant’s Motion to Compel Psychological Evaluation and 

                             Disclosure of Private Records .............................................   

Appendix IV-12   Opposition of Defendant’s Motion for Psychological Evaluation of Minor

                             Child Victim ……………………

Appendix IV-13a  State’s Objection to Defendant’s Motion for Psychological Evaluations of

                              Child Victims…………………………….……………………………………

Appendix IV-13b  State’s Second Objection to Defendant’s Motion to Reconsider Psychological

                              Evaluation of Child Victims .....................................................................................................................   

Appendix IV-14a  State’s Order For Hearing To Compel Gonorrhea Testing…………….……..

Appendix IV-14b  State’s Petition to Compel Test for Gonorrhea on Defendant…………………

Appendix IV-14c  Order Directing Test for Gonorrhea on Defendant, and Verification 

Appendix IV-15a  Motion for Order to Compel Blood Testing of Defendant for  HIV Order…. 

Appendix IV-15b  Memorandum in Support of Motion To Order Blood Testing Of Defendant

                              /For HIV………………………………………………………………………..

Appendix Iv-15c   Order To Compel Blood Testing Of Defendant For HIV………………………

Appendix IV-15d  Order for Venereal Disease and HIV Testing and Reporting ................................................................................................................. …

Appendix IV-16a  Motion to Exclude Testimony of Defense Expert on the Issues of Memory and

                              Suggestibility, Profile Evidence and Interview Techniques,

Appendix IV-16b  Brief in Support of State’s Motion to Exclude Testimony of Defense Expert

                              Regarding Profile Evidence…………………………………………………......................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-17    Brief Opposing Taint Hearing .....................................................................................................................  

Appendix IV-18    Affidavit of Social Worker in Response to Defense Challenge to Use of

                              Anatomically Correct Dolls.....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-19    State’s Motion to Deny Defendant’s Motion to Continue .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-20    State’s Motion to Consolidate Cases for Trial ……………………………….          

Appendix IV-21    State’s Notice of Intent to Introduce Prior Consistent Statements .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-22    State’s Notice of Intent to Utilize Learned Treatises at Trial .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-23    Motion In Limine To Exclude Religious Defenses.....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-24    Motion to Allow Parents in the Courtroom as Support Persons .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-25    State’s Motion to Restrict Coverage by Electronic Media and Still

                              Photography…………………………………………………………………

Appendix IV-26a  Motion to Allow Child Witnesses to Testify by Videotape             

Appendix IV-26b  Memorandum in Support of Motion to Allow Child Witnesses to Testify by

                              Videotape .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-27    State’s Trial Brief—Assorted Issues: Competency to Testify, Child Hearsay,

                              Use of Colposcope, Testimony by Expert at Trial, Defendant’s Drug Use ….

Appendix IV-28a  Defendant’s Motion To Dismiss John Doe DNA Warrant (State’s Response)

Appendix IV-28b  John Doe DNA Criminal Complaint After Cold Hit…………………………

Appendix IV-28c  State’s Brief On Constitutionality Of Statute Extending Statute Of Limitations

      For Cold Hits………………………………………………………………….

Appendix IV-28d  Points and Authorities in Support of Admissibility of Forensic DNA Evidence

                              and Opposition to Defendant’s Motion for Performance of DNA Testing…..

Appendix IV-28e  Motion for Admission of DNA Test Results by Judicial Notice …………..…

Appendix IV-28f   Post-Verdict Motion on Admission of DNA Evidence (Excerpt from State’s

                              Brief) ……………………………………………………

Appendix IV-28g  Order for Defendant, Post Conviction, to Submit Blood Sample for DNA

                              Analysis………………………………………………………………………

Appendix IV-28h Points And Authorities In Opposition to Defendant’s Motion for DNA   

                              Testing Post-Conviction………………………………………………………

Appendix IV-28i   Points And Authorities In Opposition To Defendant’s Motion To Exclude

                              Canine DNA…………………………………………………………………….

Appendix IV-29a  State’s Memorandum On Admissibility of Other Acts Evidence in a Sexual

                              Abuse Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-29b  State’s Bench Memorandum On Admissibility Of Other Acts Evidence in a

                              Sexual Abuse Case…..

Appendix IV-30    State’s Memorandum On Admissibility of Other Acts Evidence in a Physical

                              Abuse Case                             

Appendix IV-31    State’s Motion for Joinder and Notice of Intent to Offer Evidence of Other

                              Crimes .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-32    State’s Motion to Introduce Other Crimes Evidence .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-33    State’s Notice of Intent to Introduce Evidence Pursuant to Fed. R. Evid 414

                              and Motion for Pre-Trial Ruling .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-34    State’s Memorandum in Response to Motion to Exclude Collateral Crimes

                              Evidence .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-35    State’s Motion in Limine to Preclude Evidence of Past Sexual   Behavior of Victim and Child Witness .......................................................................................

Appendix IV-36    State’s Opposition to Motion for Admission of Victim’s Prior Sexual History

                              (Rape Shield) .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-37    State’s Motion In Limine Regarding Similar Accusations by Victim.....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-38    State’s Motion In Limine Regarding Prior Accusations by Victim .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-39    Motion In Limine to Exclude Evidence that Defendant has no Prior        

                              Convictions or Arrests .....................................................................................................................

Appendix IV-40    State’s Response to Defendant’s Motion to Elect and Proposed

      Jury Instruction .............................................................................................

 

TRIAL

Appendix V-1      Juror Questionnaire Used in Federal Rules Jurisdictions .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-2      Juror Questionnaire: State Jurisdictions .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-3      Predicate Questions: Qualifying a Young Child Witness in Court……………. 

Appendix V-4      Predicate Questions: Direct Examination of a Physician or Sexual Assault

                             Nurse Examiner In a Child Sexual Abuse Case.....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-5      Predicate Questions: Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome Expert…

Appendix V-6      Predicate Questions: Forensic Interviewer………………………………………

Appendix V-7      Predicate Questions: DNA Expert/ DNA-RFLP Typing ………..……………..…

Appendix V-8      Predicate Questions: DNA Expert/DNA PCR Typing………….….…………

Appendix V-9      Predicate Questions: False Confession Expert (Cross-Examination).. ……...….

Appendix V-10    Direct Examination of 11-Year-Old Boy in Sexual Abuse Case ..      

Appendix V-11    Excerpts From State’s Direct Examination Of Child Psychologist Expert

                             Testifying Regarding Dynamics Of Victimization and Children’s Development

                             In Child Sexual Abuse Case………………………………………………

Appendix V-12    Excerpts From State’s Direct Examination of Expert Psychologist Testifying

                             on Victim Competency and Disclosure Process Sexual Abuse Case................................................................................................................ ….

Appendix V-13    Excerpts From State’s Direct Examination Of Expert Social Worker Testifying

                             Regarding Issues of Delayed Reporting and Recantation In a Child Sexual   

                             Abuse Case ……………………………………………………………………

Appendix V-14    Excerpts From State’s Deposition of Ph.D. Defense Witness Regarding

                             Credibility of Child’s Report in a Child Sexual Abuse Case …………………..

Appendix V-15    Transcript of Offer of Proof and Court Ruling Regarding Defense Expert

                             Presented to Testify About Interrogation Process Used With Children and

                             Reliability of Children’s Statements .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-16    Excerpt of Voir Dire of Defense Expert on Forensics: Impeaching

                             Qualifications Resulting in Exclusion of Expert’s Testimony.........................................................................................

Appendix V-17    Excerpts of Direct and Cross-Examination of Defense Psychiatrist—

                             Impeachment of the Expert’s Qualifications .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-18    Excerpt of Cross-Examination of Psychologist Testifying as Defense Expert

                             Supporting Non-Responsibility Defense in Sexual Abuse Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-19    Cross-Examination of Defense Expert Witness Regarding Assessment of Sex

                             Offender.....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-20    Direct and Cross-Examination of Defendant in Child Sexual Abuse Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-21    Excerpts of Direct and Cross-Examination Testimony of Medical Expert

                             Regarding Explanation of Lack of Physical Trauma Found During Medical

                             Examination of Child Sexual Abuse Victim.....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-22    Excerpts from Cross-Examination of Medical Defense Expert Child Sexual

                             Abuse Case and Excerpt from Court’s Ruling Disqualifying Defense-Proffered

                             Expert.................................................................................................................. ...

Appendix V-23    Excerpts from Cross-Examination of Defendant in Child Homicide Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-24    Excerpt from Cross-Examination of Physician in Burn Case Impeaching

                             Expert’s Qualifications and Utilizing Medical Research to Gain Concessions from Expert.........................................................................................

Appendix V-25    Excerpts from Direct Examination of Physician Regarding Burn Injuries to

                             Child in a Physical Abuse Case.........................................................................................

Appendix V-26    Excerpt from Direct and Cross-Examination of Hospital Pathologist Testifying

                             as a Defense Expert Regarding Burn Injuries in a Child Physical Abuse Case

Appendix V-27    State’s Direct Examination at Preliminary Hearing of Pediatric Neurosurgeon

                             Regarding Shaken Baby Syndrome in Child Homicide Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-28    Excerpt from State’s Direct Examination of Medical Expert in Shaken Baby 

                             Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-29    Direct and Cross-Examination of Medical Examiner Regarding Autopsy and

                             Opinion as to Cause of Death in Child Homicide Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-30    Excerpts from Direct Examination of State’s Forensic Pathologist Regarding

     Sudden Infant Death Syndrome .............................................................................................

Appendix V-31    Excerpt from Direct and Cross-Examination of Defense Pathologist in a

                             Physical Abuse Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-32    Excerpts from Direct and Cross-Examination of State’s Consulting Pathologist

                             Regarding Opinion as to Cause of Death in Child Homicide Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-33    Closing Statement in Child Sexual Abuse Case                             

Appendix V-34    Closing Argument and Rebuttal Argument in a Multi-Count Intrafamilial                     

                             Sexual Abuse Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-35    State’s Closing Statement in Child Homicide Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-36    Closing Argument in Child Physical Abuse Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-37    Sample Closing Argument in a Child Homicide Case .....................................................................................................................

Appendix V-38    Sample Closing Argument in a Child Sexual Abuse Case                             

 

SPECIAL COURTROOM PROCEDURES

Appendix VI-1    State’s Motion and Supporting Memorandum for Special Procedures During

                            the Presentation of the Testimony of Child Victims ( Support Persons, Leading

                            Questions, Anatomically Detailed Dolls, Questioning Techniques) .....................................................................................................................

Appendix VI-2    Motion to Clear the Courtroom .....................................................................................................................

Appendix VI-3    Motion to Allow the Victim to be Examined while Seated in Front of the Jury

                            Box .....................................................................................................................

Appendix VI-4    Motion to Allow Use of Anatomically Detailed Dolls During the Victim’s

                            Testimony .....................................................................................................................

Appendix VI-5    Notice of Motion and Motion to Preclude Competency Inquiry and Forego

                            Administration of the Oath .........................................................................................

Appendix VI-6    Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Preclude Competency Inquiry

                            and Forego Administration of the Oath .........................................................................................

Appendix VI-7    Notice of Motion and Motion to Limit the Examination of a Child Witness to

                            Age Appropriate Language, Grammar and Sentence Structure .........................................................................................

Appendix VI-8    Memorandum of Law in Support of  Motion to Limit the Examination of a

                            Child Witness to Age Appropriate Language, Grammar and Sentence Structure.........................................................................................

Appendix VI-9    Memorandum In Support Of Age Appropriate Questioning, Presence of

                            Support Persons And Order Of Testimony By Support Persons ………………..