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Editor: Colin Miller
Univ. of South Carolina School of Law

Monday, February 17, 2014

Limiting Cross-Examination in Gender-Based Violence Cases?

Over at Concurring Opinions, Aníbal Rosario Lebrón (Univ. of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law), has a thought-provoking post titled, Scorned Law: Rethinking Evidentiary Rules in Cases of Gender-Based Violence

The post argues that "Crit-scholars ... have overlooked to some extent the weight of apparently neutral evidentiary rules upon certain minority and identitarian groups" and advocates "the adoption of rules that would prevent attorneys from impeaching victims of gender-based violence (such as a battered women, rape and sexual harassment victims) with previous acts of untruthfulness not related to the charges.”

- JB


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