Child Abuse Prosecution Project
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys is pleased to offer a training and technical resource for child abuse prosecutors and their multi-disciplinary teams. The Child Abuse Prosecution Project, a VOCA-funded project through OJJDP, is staffed with a team of child abuse professionals and is readily available to provide consultation, technical assistance and training.
Child Abuse Prosecution News
Child Abuse Victims and Recantation: Practical Prosecution Tips
These cases are never easy. Even if the recantation can ultimately be shown to be untruthful, the mere suggestion that the victim is changing his or her testimony will cause serious complications, and can ultimately be fatal to a prosecution. But there are...
A New Sense of Comfort, Friendship, and Relief in the Courtroom: The Use of Therapy Dogs
The bond between an owner and her dog is strong and irreplaceable-one that is made from years of love, care, and loyalty. Whether it’s walking around the park or walking into the courtroom, research has shown the physical and mental health benefits of ha...
Court holds expert testimony on abusive head trauma sufficiently reliable
The Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas in a case of first degree felony injury to a child, ruled that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by admitting the evidence from expert witnesses concerning abusive head trauma. The Court reasoned...
Production and possession of child pornography conviction upheld
In a case involving a 45-year-old defendant and a sixteen-year-old victim, the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth Circuit found “sufficient evidence was presented by the government to sustain” defendant’s convictions for the prod...
Denial of defense opportunity to authenticate evidence of electronic communications held impermissible
The Court of Appeals of Mississippi reversed and remanded defendant’s convictions for two counts of gratification of lust and one count of statutory rape due to finding that the trial court had erred when it “denied the defendant the opportun...
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