Medical records can be important evidence in prosecuting domestic violence and sexual assault cases. However, publishing them to the jury without making proper redactions can cause a case to be reversed on appeal. In this thirty-minute webinar, Carrie Newton from MDAA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit will cover the basics of obtaining medical records, introducing those records as evidence and redacting statements concerning identification, ultimate conclusions on the charged crimes and disclosures of sexual assault. This webinar will also look at the recent Supreme Judicial Court case of Commonwealth v. Scott, 464 Mass. 355 (2013) and address when medical records may not be enough to prove an element of the crime.
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