Child Witness Confrontation: White v. IL

Legal scholars discussed the case White v. Illinois, which is to be heard in the Supreme Court next term. White v. Illinois concerns the testimony of… read more

Legal scholars discussed the case White v. Illinois, which is to be heard in the Supreme Court next term. White v. Illinois concerns the testimony of children in court cases. The defendant believed his right to face his accuser was violated when the accuser, a child, did not testify. Other adults testified as to what the child had told them. Professor Greenhalgh discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s approach to the “confrontation clause” which mandates that defendants must be able to face their accusers in court. In previous cases, pretrial hearings determined the inability of children to testify, or closed-circuit television was allowed in providing testimony from children in situations where the child was unable to testify before the defendant. In the case at hand, the child was not in the courtroom during the actual court proceedings. Mr. Liederman discussed the situation facing children in court cases involving abuse or trauma. He explained the need for balance in considering both the right of the accused to face the accuser, and the need to reduce the trauma experienced by children in the legal proceedings of abuse cases. close

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Child Witness Confrontation: White v. IL

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Program ID:
17820-1
Category:
Interview
Format:
News Conference
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 04, 1991 | 5:45am EDT | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
May 05, 1991 | 8:40am EDT | C-SPAN 1

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  • May 04, 1991 | 5:45am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 04, 1991 | 7:04pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 04, 1991 | 10:37pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 05, 1991 | 8:40am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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