Professor Witmer-Rich to Appear on Sound of Ideas (90.3 WCPN) on July 1

Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich will be a guest on the Sound of Ideas (90.3 WCPN) on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, to discuss a recent decision from the United States Supreme Court concerning a case in Cuyahoga County. In Ohio v. Clark, decided June 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause did not prohibit the testimony of a preschool teacher, who testified at a Cuyahoga County trial that a three-year-old boy identified the defendant as his abuser. The young boy did not testify in the case, and the defendant argued that his lawyers should have been given some opportunity to ask the boy questions to test whether his statements were reliable. Professor Witmer-Rich will discuss how this local case impacts ongoing debates about the scope of the Confrontation Clause, and also discuss whether Ohio should put in place some procedure offering at least a limited right for defendants to ask questions of young children in these types of circumstances.

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