The Resource Child witnesses : fragile voices in the American legal system, Lucy S. McGough

Child witnesses : fragile voices in the American legal system, Lucy S. McGough

Label
Child witnesses : fragile voices in the American legal system
Title
Child witnesses
Title remainder
fragile voices in the American legal system
Statement of responsibility
Lucy S. McGough
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McGough, Lucy S
Dewey number
  • 347.73/66
  • 347.30766
  • 347.3066083
Index
index present
LC call number
KF9672
LC item number
.M37 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Child witnesses
  • Enfants témoins
  • Child witnesses
  • United States
  • Getuigenverklaringen
  • Kinderen
  • Bewijsrecht
Label
Child witnesses : fragile voices in the American legal system, Lucy S. McGough
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-330) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The child witness revolution -- Sensory capability, attentiveness, and encoding experience -- Confabulation and trama -- Memory and suggestibility -- Conscious deception -- On the witness stand : competency to testify and credibility -- Civil proceedings : the hearsay rule and child witnesses -- Criminal proscecutions and the confrontation clause -- Videotaping children's accounts -- Expert testimony : asessing a child's credibility
Extent
1 online resource (x, 339 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)47011203
Label
Child witnesses : fragile voices in the American legal system, Lucy S. McGough
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-330) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The child witness revolution -- Sensory capability, attentiveness, and encoding experience -- Confabulation and trama -- Memory and suggestibility -- Conscious deception -- On the witness stand : competency to testify and credibility -- Civil proceedings : the hearsay rule and child witnesses -- Criminal proscecutions and the confrontation clause -- Videotaping children's accounts -- Expert testimony : asessing a child's credibility
Extent
1 online resource (x, 339 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)47011203

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