Frith_Jennifer_CRJ335_Week2 - Critical Thinking Week 2 1 Critical Thinking Week 2 Jennifer Frith CRJ335 Laws of Evidence Colorado State University

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Critical Thinking Week 2   Critical Thinking Week 2 Jennifer Frith CRJ335- Laws of Evidence Colorado State University – Global Campus Professor Lisa A. Hoston February 14, 2016 1
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Critical Thinking Week 2 Critical Thinking Week 2 Though first studied in the early 20 th Century, it was rare to see a child testify in court proceeding until the late 70’s and even today, we have special rules and procedures for dealing with a child as a witness or even testifying as a victim. “In the early part of the 20th century, research on children's memory focused on children as witnesses in court. Most of this research was in Europe, especially Germany and France; there was very little in the United States until the 1920s and even then there were only a few studies on the child witness until the 1980s”(IPT-Forensics, unk). In the early days, children were mostly believed to be telling the truth. Viewing a child as making false allegations or even misleading was believed to be rare. Early on, the thoughts were that children could not be coached to give false testimony. And while this may have originally
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