Protect the Victim

Overview of the trial technique to protect the victim:
protect the victim

-object as necessary; do not give up objecting to objectionable questions; plan (sometimes write a brief) for reasons your objection is valid

MRE 412 : “Rape Shield” [See Combined Deskbook, Volume II, Tab R -section VII.]

— TC: always file for protection of victim – MRE 412 (even though DC’s burden)

— {DC : notice required for 412; use “constitutional right of the accused” for admissibility; U.S. v. Gaddis, 70 M.J. 248, 256 (2012).

–412 evidence may support Mistake of Fact defense, if the accused knew of the
“other sexual behavior”}