Effective strategies of doing direct and cross examinations of mental health professionals in child abuse cases
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There are a variety of way of enhancing and attacking the testimony of a mental health professional, including: impeachment with prior inconsistent statements, bias, interest in the outcome, signs of coercion, coached testimony, prior misconduct for which there was no prosecution, defects in capacity, lack of interview of records or collateral witnesses, and contradictions in testimony.
Pollack, D. & Reiter, E. (2021, September 13). Effective strategies of doing direct and cross examinations of mental health professionals in child abuse cases, Texas Lawyer, https://www.law.com/texaslawyer/2021/09/13/effective-strategies-of-doing-direct-and-cross-examinations-of-mental-health-professionals-in-child-abuse-cases/ .
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