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Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

A particular problem exists that domestic violence and sexual assault victims face when bringing their abusers to court. This is whether the use of preliminary hearing testimony can be utilized where a victim is unavailable to testify at trial due to mental illness, namely Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This article examines the manner in which various states have combatted the issue of unavailability due to mental health and what role that unavailability has in a domestic violence or sexual assault case. By closely looking at the case State v. Anderson, 402 P.3d 1063 (Idaho 2017), this article seeks to justify the use of preliminary hearing testimony where there can be a trustworthy means for mental health determinations to establish a victim's unavailability, and where the previous testimony has an indicia of reliability.

First Page

140

Last Page

169

Publication Date

11-1-2018

Department

College of Law

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

Included in

Law Commons

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