Davis v. Washington and Hammon v. Indiana
Monday, June 19, 2006
Court: U.S. Supreme Court
Topic: Procedures and standards in dependency and neglect cases
Millions of child victims are silenced by abuse and by procedures designed to protect them. Child maltreatment cases illustrate that petitioners’ proposed standard for defining "testimonial” statements is inherently flawed. Some of the reasons being the reasonable person standard is unworkable, the petitioners’ proposed test is overbroad and is inconsistent with admission of children’s out-of-court statements reporting child sexual abuse in 18th Century Trials.
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