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NCJ Number: 114253 Find in a Library
Title: Admissibility of Expert Psychological Testimony in Cases Involving the Sexual Misuse of a Child
Journal: University of Miami Law Review  Volume:42  Issue:4-5  Dated:special issue (March-May 1988)  Pages:1033-1072
Author(s): D Lorenzen
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 40
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The testimony of psychological experts may be useful in cases involving child sexual abuse, not only in providing evidence of psychological injury or normative data, but also in helping preserve the testimony of a child victim whose testimony may be unavailable at the time of the trial.
Abstract: A child's memory is known to degenerate more rapidly than the memory of an adult. Thus, the child's testimony is perishable. A new application of expert witness testimony would be to elicit and preserve the testimony of children to compensate for this limitation on their ability to testify competently. Such expert testimony would maximize the access of the trier of fact to reliable information without usurping its role. Although this expert testimony would enhance the likelihood of obtaining a conviction in a criminal prosecution, it does not unfairly prejudice the accused person. The increased likelihood of conviction may also encourage more offenders to volunteer to take part in treatment as an alternative to incarceration, thereby reducing society's overall costs of managing sexual offenders. 226 references.
Main Term(s): Psychologists role in criminal justice
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Expert witnesses; Rules of evidence
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