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
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...
Court rules vouching testimony objectionable
The Court of Appeals of Iowa reversed and remanded defendant’s conviction for sexual abuse in the second degree involving a child due to trial counsel’s failure to “perform an essential duty when he failed to object to testimony indirectly...
Child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome testimony allowed
The Supreme Court of new Jersey ruled that the defendant’s conviction for sex abuse was improperly reversed in that the expert witness’s “presentation to the jury was not extensive, and her discussion of the range of behavior that child vic...
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