Evidence Summarized in Attorneys’ Closing Arguments Predicts Acquittals in Criminal Trials of Child Sexual Abuse

Stacia Roosevelt, Thomas D. Lyon

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Abstract

Evidence summarized in attorney's closing arguments of criminal child sexual abuse cases (N = 189) was coded to predict acquittal rates. Ten variables were significant bivariate predictors; five variables significant at p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-129
Number of pages11
JournalChild Maltreatment
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 13 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • case evidence
  • child sexual abuse
  • closing arguments
  • predicting acquittals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Evidence Summarized in Attorneys’ Closing Arguments Predicts Acquittals in Criminal Trials of Child Sexual Abuse. / Roosevelt, Stacia; Lyon, Thomas D.

In: Child Maltreatment, Vol. 19, No. 2, 13.05.2014, p. 119-129.

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