Thursday, March 3, 2005

Admission of testimony about credibility of child victim held reversible error

Division 2 orders a new trial because of opinion testimony about a child's credibility from (a) her pediatrician and (b) a detective who gave her a competency examination. The issues were not raised at trial, but the court allows them on appeal: improper opinion testimony violates a constitutional right.

A dissent disagrees on several grounds.

State v. Kirkman, 2005 Wash. App. LEXIS 313 (Wash. App. Feb. 23, 2005), Get a Document - by Citation - 2005 Wash. App. LEXIS 313.

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