Officials’ Attitudes toward Sexual History Evidence

  • Cassia Spohn
  • Julie Horney
Part of the The Springer Series in Crime and Justice book series (PSIC)

Abstract

In the previous chapter, we examined officials’ assessments of the importance of specific kinds of evidence, including two types of sexual history evidence, for prosecuting and for obtaining convictions in rape cases. We found that the strength of a jurisdiction’s shield law influenced assessments by the officials of the likelihood that sexual history evidence would be admitted. In this chapter, we explore officials’ judgments of sexual history evidence in greater detail. We examine the responses of judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys to six hypothetical cases in which evidence of the victim’s past sexual conduct is at issue.

Keywords

Hypothetical Case Sexual History Defense Attorney Rape Case Informal Norm 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cassia Spohn
    • 1
  • Julie Horney
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaUSA

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