Justice Studies student and a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, Brian Werner, has been selected to present his paper “Protecting Children: Using Hearsay Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Cases” at the Annual Conference of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences held in Texas next week.
Brian entered his paper in Alpha Phi Sigma’s National Paper Competition and was selected to present at the conference.
The abstract of his paper is “With the ruling in Crawford v. Washington, the use of hearsay testimony became admissible in certain circumstances. This became especially important in child sexual abuse cases. Research shows that children have a difficult time recalling events accurately. Research has also shown that children experience psychological and emotion trauma during the trial process. Research also indicates that the outcome of a trial, from a juror’s perspective, did not change by the type of evidence presented to them. The use of hearsay testimony in child sexual abuse cases is in the best interest of justice.”
Congratulations, Brian and we wish you the best of luck!!!!