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To Be Blind or Not to Be Blind? Forensic Interviews in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

An important question for forensic interviewers of children in alleged abuse cases is whether to gather information about the case before interviewing the child. The Supreme Court suggested in the 1989 case Idaho v. Wright that allegation-blind forensic interviewing may guard against leading children to make false allegations. In “Planning the Forensic Interview,” researchers Monica...
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Dear Colleagues, There’s a New Sheriff in Town

After handling several recent Title IX student discipline cases in Washington State, I sometimes think I should invest in a portable breathalyzer and pre-printed consent forms before I send my own kids off to college. But that was then. If some Congressional Republicans have their way, the rules may drastically change in the Trump administration....
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San Antonio Four Declared Innocent

Four women’s legal nightmare has come to an end. They have been declared innocent of the child sex abuse crimes for which they served many years in prison. Aimée Sutton wrote of their cases here in a guest post in October. This documentary helped them draw public support. All four are lesbians. Their volunteer attorneys...
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Washington State University Under Fire for Treatment of Students Accused of Assault

The disciplinary actions taken against Washington State University football player Robert Barber by the university have some critics wondering whether students accused of assault are receiving fair and adequate process of their cases. Fifth-year senior Robert Barber, a defensive tackle for WSU’s football team, was expelled (one class short of graduation) by the university after...
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When Innocent Defendants Plead Guilty

Basic to the American criminal justice system is the presumption that criminal defendants are innocent. Also fundamental is that a defendant must be acquitted unless guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. These rules aim to protect innocent defendants from conviction even at the price of occasionally letting a guilty defendant go free. Since lawmakers’...
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