The Reluctant Victim Witness

It is not unusual for prosecutors to have to deal with victims of crimes who are reluctant to testify and incriminate the criminal defendant, for such reasons as a relationship with or even fear of th…

The witness taking the fifth

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that a person cannot be compelled in a criminal trial to be a witness against herself. What happens when someone who is not the defendant but a wi…

Sometimes you restrain the defendant

A criminal defendant has a constitutional right to be present in the Courtroom during his criminal trial. The Courts have made it clear that placing the defendant in criminal restraints, particularly …