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SADO/MAACS - Improper Vouching in CSC Cases and Michigan Supreme Court Precedent


Time: October 15, 2021 - 10-11am
Location: Zoom

Our Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized that vouching for the credibility of a witness is improper and can be reversible error, particularly in criminal sexual conduct cases which often amount to credibility contests. This session will outline common forms of vouching and the appropriate appellate arguments. We will also discuss the recent Michigan Supreme Court decisions on this topic including People v. Thorpe/Harbison, People v. Hawkins, and People v. Uribe.

Katherine Marcuz is a Managing Attorney at the State Appellate Defender Office in Detroit. She joined SADO in 2012 following a clerkship at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for the Honorable Catharine F. Easterly. In 2018, Katherine began co-teaching the Criminal Appellate Practice Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.

Katherine is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Michigan Law School. She also holds a master’s degree in education from Brooklyn College. Before law school, she worked as a high school English teacher in Brooklyn, New York. Katherine lives in Detroit with her husband and two sons.

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