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NCJ Number: 120792 Find in a Library
Title: Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Cases in California: Retire Kelly-Frye and Return to a Traditional Analysis
Journal: Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:1103-1160
Author(s): L E Carter
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 58
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines California's admissibility rules for expert witness testimony in child sexual abuse cases, arguing that the Kelly-Frye standard should be replaced by a modified traditional analysis using evidentiary rules on the relevance of expert testimony.
Abstract: The Kelly-Frye standard of admissibility requires that a new scientific technique used by an expert witness in a child sexual abuse case be generally accepted within the relevant scientific community. The article traces the development of the Kelly-Frye standard, points out the confusions it has caused in the admissibility of psychological testimony, and analyzes conflicting decisions by California courts of appeal on the applicability of the Kelly-Frye standard to expert testimony in child sexual abuse cases. An alternative standard for the admissibility of expert testimony is proposed and compared with Kelly-Frye. The alternative provides a more coherent and predictable standard for testing the admissibility of expert testimony than does the Kelly-Frye standard. 412 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): California; Expert witnesses; Probabilistic evidence; Rules of evidence
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