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The Battering Parent Syndrome: Inexpert Testimony As Character Evidence, Thomas N. Bulleit Jr. Apr 1984

The Battering Parent Syndrome: Inexpert Testimony As Character Evidence, Thomas N. Bulleit Jr.

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

This Note proposes that courts refuse to give further consideration to admitting the battering parent syndrome as evidence in both civil and criminal proceedings arising out of child abuse. Part I of the Note describes the syndrome as it appears in the psychological literature. Part II suggests that current judicial attitudes favor the future admissibility of the syndrome, conditioned only on an improved showing of scientific accuracy. Part III demonstrates that regardless of scientific accuracy, the character evidence rule forbids courts from admitting the battering parent syndrome. Part IV argues that the important policies underlying the character evidence rule override ...


Prohibiting Nonaccess Testimony By Spouses: Does Lord Mansfield's Rule Protect Illegitimates?, Michigan Law Review Jun 1977

Prohibiting Nonaccess Testimony By Spouses: Does Lord Mansfield's Rule Protect Illegitimates?, Michigan Law Review

Michigan Law Review

Not surprisingly, there has been widespread disagreement concerning the validity of the policies advanced in support of Lord Mansfield's Rule and the efficacy of the rule to promote those policies. This Note assesses the validity of this rule of evidence in order to determine whether it is the most appropriate method of safeguarding the interests affected by the litigation of legitimacy. First, the historical development and justifications for Lord Mansfield's Rule are identified, and, in section II, the extent of the current acceptance of the rule in the United States is delineated. Section III analyzes traditional arguments advanced ...


Evidence--Prohibition Of Spousal Testimony In Criminal Trials--Common Law Rule Upheld, J. J. P. Jun 1959

Evidence--Prohibition Of Spousal Testimony In Criminal Trials--Common Law Rule Upheld, J. J. P.

West Virginia Law Review

No abstract provided.


Evidence-Weight To Be Given Blood Test Evidence In Paternity Proceedings. [California] Mar 1947

Evidence-Weight To Be Given Blood Test Evidence In Paternity Proceedings. [California]

Washington and Lee Law Review

No abstract provided.