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NCJ Number: 136478 Find in a Library
Title: Case Study: The United-States Supreme Court on Victimized Children-The Constitutional Rights of the Defendant Versus the Best Interests of the Child
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:30  Issue:5  Dated:(September 1991)  Pages:839-844
Author(s): E J Kermani
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 6
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes seven landmark cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court has addressed and attempted to balance the inherent conflict between the constitutional rights of the defendant and the best interests of the child.
Abstract: The U.S. Supreme Court used the principles of the fifth, sixth, and fourteenth amendments to decide the rights of defendants against the best interests of the child in these seven landmark cases. The Justices found in four of the cases that the interests of the child superseded the rights of the defendant. In three cases, the Court gave more validity to the defendant's constitutional rights. 18 references
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Competency to testify; Hearsay evidence; Rights of the accused; US Supreme Court decisions
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