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NCJ Number: 30756 Find in a Library
Title: COMPLAINANT CREDITIBILITY IN SEXUAL OFFENSE CASES - A SURVEY OF CHARACTER TESTIMONY AND PSYCHIATRIC EXPERTS (FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS REVIEW, 1974 BY JON S SCHULTZ AND JON P THAMES - SEE NCJ-30751)
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: William S Hein and Co, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: William S Hein and Co, Inc
Buffalo, NY 14209
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE USE OF CHARACTER EVIDENCE AS A PROTECTION AGAINST FALSE ACCUSATION IN SEXUAL OFFENSE CASES IS INSUFFICIENT; PSYCHIATRIC TESTIMONY, ACCORDING TO THE AUTHOR, IS MORE FRUITFUL IN DETERMINING THE COMPLAINANT'S CREDIBILITY.
Abstract: CHARACTER EVIDENCE, WHILE PURPORTING TO PROTECT AN ACCUSED, IS ACTUALLY A RUSE WHEREBY A JURY'S ATTENTION IS DIVERTED FROM THE PARTICULARS OF A DEFENDANT'S ACTIONS AT THE TIME OF AN ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT TO THE COMPLAINANT'S PAST LIFE AND CONDUCT. PSYCHIATRIC EVIDENCE DISCLOSES THOSE FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE THE CREDIBILITY OF WHAT A COMPLAINANT SAYS. IT IS FOCUSED ON AND ADDRESSED TO THE REASONS FOR AND FOUNDATIONS OF A COMPLAINANT'S ACCUSATION AND PRESENT CONDUCT WHEREAS CHARACTER EVIDENCE IS CONCERNED WITH A COMPLAINANT'S PAST CONDUCT. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Psychiatric testimony; Sex offenses; Sexual assault victims; Surveys; Testimony; Witness credibility
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