True Lies: The Constitutional and Evidentiary Bases for Admitting Prior False Accusation Evidence in Sexual Assault Prosecutions
Widener University - Widener University School of Law
January 1, 2006
Quinnipiac Law Review, Vol. 24, 2006
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
Date posted: March 26, 2009
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