Violence Against Women

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  • Determined whether the U.S. government violated international human rights treaties by failing to protect an individual from—and provide a remedy for—domestic violence, when local law enforcement failed to do so.
  • Determined if victim's statements made to 911 or police can be used as evidence in criminal prosecutions where victim does not testify without violating a criminal defendant's rights under the Confrontation Clause of U.S. Constitution.
  • The brief argues that police aressted a woman with no probable cause based on long-discredited beliefs about sexual assault. 
  • Concerned child custody given the father despite his proven violent behaviors.
  • Concerned the custody of the infant child after a domestic violence dispute between the parents.
  • Concerned the application of the doctrine of parental tort immunity in the case of incest.
  • Determined whether the District of Columbia's gun control laws banning private possession of handguns violate the Second Amendment.
  • Determined whether the Commerce Clause authorized Congress to enact the Driver's Privacy Protection Act, which protects the private information kept by state driver's license bureaus against commercial use, and whether the statute violated the Tenth or Eleventh Amendment.
  • A pro se defendant’s right to self-representation in personally cross-examining a child victim who accused him of sexual violence.
  • Determined whether domestic violence can present a “grave risk” of harm to children within the meaning of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
  • Determined the right to sue a parish priest and diocese for sexual misconduct and demand civil remedies under VAWA.
  • Determined the right to sue under VAWA's civil rights remedy for nonphysical violence (e.g. threats and harassment).


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