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Examining the Content, Frequency and Relationship to Case Characteristics: Jury Questions in Criminal Cases of Alleged Child Sexual Abuse

Abstract When children allege sexual abuse, there is rarely medical evidence or eyewitnesses, making their testimony in trial a primary factor in assessing their credibility. However, little is known about what may be unclear to jury members making verdict decisions. In some districts, jury members are allowed to ask questions of the child witness at the end of their testimony. The current study utilizes a sample of trial transcripts from Maricopa County, Arizona where children ages 5-17 years old have alleged some form of sexual abuse; a jurisdiction where jury members are permitted to ask written questions. Cases were analyzed to assess: 1) if jury questions were asked and how often these questions occurred, 2) what content they asked about, and 3... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Garcia-Johnson, Anastacia Maria (Author) / Stolzenberg, Stacia N. (Advisor) / Fox, Kathleen A. (Committee member) / Chamberlain, Alyssa W. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Criminology / child sexual abuse / dynamics / jury questions
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 59 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Criminology and Criminal Justice 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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