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Supreme Court / Child Abuse-Defendant's Rights #129187

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Jun 17, 1990
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Boise, ID: Tim O'Brien) Issue before the Supreme Court of conflict between protection of abused children and rights of defendants examined; details given of case in Boise, ID, in which children Jeannie and Kathy Lee Wright were raped by their mother's boyfriend. Tape recording made by neighbor in which daughter describes mother's complicity in the rapes played and quoted on screen. Decision by Idaho Supreme Court that mother's rights were violated because she could not face the daughter who accused her explained. [Harvard Law School Alan DERSHOWITZ - fears that innocent will be falsely accused.] [Child abuse expert Dr. Charles SHUBIN - says it could be open season on little children.] Issue of sixth amendment right to confront witnesses noted. [DERSHOWITZ - says if an exception is made for children, there can be no reliable evidence.]

O'Brien, Tim;
Sawyer, Forrest

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