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U law professor: Child victims of sexual abuse should not be forced to testify in preliminary hearings

A new amicus brief filed in the Utah Supreme Court today by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell argues that child victims of sexual abuse should not be forced to testify during preliminary hearings. In addition to Cassell, the brief was filed by Spencer Banks of the Utah Crime Victim’s […]

Cassell offers victim’s rights testimony before Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee

On Friday, March 10, 2017 S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell testified before the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee in support of amendments strengthening Idaho’s victims rights amendment. Read Cassell’s testimony is below: TESTIMONY OF PROFESSOR PAUL G. CASSELL OF THE S.J. QUINNEY COLLEGE OF LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH IN SUPPORT OF […]

Cassell presents “The Expansion of Victims’ Rights in American Criminal Procedure” at Tel Aviv conference

In June 2016, S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell presented his work at the Columbia Law School 10th annual criminal law conference at Ono Academic College, Tel Aviv. Cassell’s lecture was titled, “The Expansion of Victims’ Rights in American Criminal Procedure.” Read Cassel’s related paper titled “The Victim’s Rights Amendment: A Sympathetic, Clause-By-Clause Analysis” »

Cassell to present oral argument on victims rights in murder case of five-year-old victim

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – For Immediate Release from Paul Cassell Today Professor Paul Cassell will present oral argument through the University of Utah Appellate Clinic to the Arizona Court of Appeals in a crime victims’ rights case.   Cassell will represent Kris Eberle, whose five-year-old son Josh Eberle-Martinson was (according to criminal charges filed) murdered by […]

Migrant Women Project featured in local news

As part of International Women’s Week, the College of Law’s Migrant Women Project led by Professor Erika George was featured on local news. The project examines the problems faced by migrant woman in the United States with specific reference to Utah and the Wasatch Front region. The associated paper also offers recommendations to address gender-based violence on […]

Student event on human trafficking draws media and wide participation

On February 19, 2016, the Social Justice Student Initiative hosted the 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Symposium. The event focused on bringing to light the harsh reality of at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth who are recruited, forced, and coerced into sex trafficking. “It’s so important that we don’t stop talking about this. This is the fastest growing criminal enterprise […]

Cassell Publishes SL Trib Op-Ed Praising Shooting Victim Rusty Jacobs

On November 2, 2015, Professor Paul Cassell published an op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune about East Millcreek homeowner Rusty Jacobs, who was shot and killed last week in an confrontation with Jesse Bruner, who allegedly had been trying to break into Jacobs’ home. Cassell praises Jacobs, writing, “The dictionary definition of a ‘hero’ is ‘one who […]

Cassell Files Brief Urging Reinstatement of Assault Charges Against Soccer Star Hope Solo

Professor Paul Cassell joined attorney Rebecca Roe and Meg Garvin in filing a brief urging that domestic violence charges against U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo be reinstated.  In the brief filed Friday in King County Superior Court, Cassell and the other lawyers argued that a lower court decision dismissing the charges was “unsupported” […]

Cassell Wins Victory for Child Pornography Victims

Today Professor Paul Cassell won an important court victory for child pornography victims seeking to prevent additional copies from being made of images depicting them during court proceedings.  Judge Kimberly J. Mueller of the U.S. District Court for the District of California held that the Adam Walsh Child and Protection Safety Act of 2006 permitted […]

Cassell Quoted in Washington Times Story on AG Nominee Loretta Lynch

Professor Paul Cassell is quoted in a January 4, 2015, Washington Times story, “Loretta Lynch questioned over secret deal depriving fraud victims of $40m.” In a 2013 letter to the House Judiciary Committee, Cassell said that Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, had failed to notify victims in a major […]