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The Resource Child Witnesses : Fragile Voices in the American Legal System

Child Witnesses : Fragile Voices in the American Legal System

Label
Child Witnesses : Fragile Voices in the American Legal System
Title
Child Witnesses
Title remainder
Fragile Voices in the American Legal System
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
Cataloging source
BIP US
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McGough, Lucy S
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Scholarly & Professional
Intended audience source
Yale University Press
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Child witnesses
  • LAW
  • Child witnesses
  • United States
Summary expansion
Children are frequently called to testify in court in criminal prosecutions, divorce and child custody hearings, dependency abuse proceedings, and other disputes. But is their testimony reliable? This book carefully assesses research on the cognitive capabilities of children as well as the emotional, social, and moral influences that might affect children's potential reliability, and it recommends reforms in American legal processes that will protect child witnesses from trauma and ensure accurate testimony. Lucy S. McGough, a specialist in family law, examines the known developmental facts on perception, memory, and reporting that affect children's ability to serve as trial witnesses. She also analyzes many actual trials, including the McMartin Pre-School prosecution in California, the Morgan-Foretich custody and visitation controversy, and the five U.S. Supreme Court child sexual abuse cases, assessing how a child witness may be more prone to memory-fade, suggestibility, or fantasy than an adult witness. McGough also examines the legal processes and rules of evidence that affect how eyewitness accounts by children are received: trial processes for evaluating the credibility of witnesses; the hearsay rule and its exceptions; the Constitution's confrontation clause; and the use and abuse of expert witnesses. And she presents a proposal for the early videotaping of a child's eyewitness account in order to minimize the most serious potential reliability risks posed by child witnesses. The product of ten years of research and investigation, this book should help remedy the failure of American law to take into account all that we now know about the fragility of children's memories
Label
Child Witnesses : Fragile Voices in the American Legal System
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn842839324
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300242119
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt2257zrg
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)842839324
Label
Child Witnesses : Fragile Voices in the American Legal System
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn842839324
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300242119
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt2257zrg
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)842839324

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