Criminal Evidence: Principles and Cases

1. Under what circumstances may a confession be deemed unconstitutional? Discuss each circumstance you identify. 2. Discuss, define, compare and contrast the law on the permissibility of ordinary and expert witnesses to give their opinions. Be sure to provide examples. 3. Discuss the functions of impeaching a witnesses’ testimony and provide a real life example. 4. Define “hearsay”. Provide an example and explain why it meets the definition of hearsay. 5. Hearsay rules have been relaxed for children for several purposes. Discuss the factors that relate to the reliability of children’s statements. Do you believe there are victims besides the children? If so, who are they? Should there be exceptions in child abuse cases? Why or why not? What might be the pitfalls of this exception?




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