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True Lies: The Constitutional and Evidentiary Bases for Admitting Prior False Accusation Evidence in Sexual Assault Prosecutions


Jules Epstein


Widener University - School of Law

January 1, 2006

Quinnipiac Law Review, Vol. 24, 2006

Abstract:     
The admission of false accusation evidence in sexual assault prosecutions has been ruled on inconsistently by courts nationally. This article identifies the constitutional bases for admitting false accusation evidence as both impeachment and substantive (non-character) proof, and re-focuses Confrontation Clause analysis post-Crawford on the scope of the cross-examination right; offers a definition for what constitutes a false accusation and the level of proof requisite to its admission; and addresses social and policy concerns attendant to its presentation.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Keywords: false accusation, evidence, sexual assault, criminal law, cross-examination, confrontation clause

JEL Classification: K42

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Date posted: March 26, 2009  

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Epstein, Jules, True Lies: The Constitutional and Evidentiary Bases for Admitting Prior False Accusation Evidence in Sexual Assault Prosecutions (January 1, 2006). Quinnipiac Law Review, Vol. 24, 2006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1368355

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Wilmington, DE 19803-0474
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