ERIC Number: EJ863249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Jury Selection in Child Sex Abuse Trials: A Case Analysis
Cramer, Robert J.; Adams, Desiree D.; Brodsky, Stanley L.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v18 n2 p190-205 2009
Child sex abuse cases have been the target of considerable psycho-legal research. The present paper offers an analysis of psychological constructs for jury selection in child sex abuse cases from the defense perspective. The authors specifically delineate general and case-specific jury selection variables. General variables include authoritarianism, dogmatism, need for cognition, pretrial knowledge, and race/socioeconomic status. Case-specific variables include sexual attitudes, homonegativity, juror abuse history, and beliefs about children. The paper also provides a factual background of a representative case, incorporates relevant case law, identifies sources for voir dire and juror questionnaire items, and discusses lessons from the primary author's first experience as a trial consultant for the defense.
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Sexuality, Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Case Studies, Race, Socioeconomic Status, Selection, Social Attitudes, Beliefs, Children, Criminal Law, Questionnaires, Consultants
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