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State v. Spigarolo
Connecticut Supreme Court
556 A.2d 112 (1989)
William Spigarolo (defendant) was charged with sexually abusing two children. At trial, Spigarolo’s attorney attempted to impeach the children’s credibility by pointing out that each child had provided seemingly inconsistent statements about the alleged abuse. In response to these impeachment efforts, the trial court allowed an expert witness, Brenda Woods, to testify that it was common for children who had been sexually abused to give seemingly inconsistent or incomplete statements about the abuse because of the trauma they had experienced. Woods never provided a specific opinion about the credibility of either child victim. Spigarolo was convicted and appealed. On appeal, Spigarolo argued that the expert testimony from Woods was improper because it usurped the jury’s role of determining whether the children were credible.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Glass, J.)
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