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United States v. Rouse

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
111 F.3d 561 (1997)


The United States government (plaintiff) prosecuted two uncles, one of whom was Rouse (defendant), for sexually abusing their three nieces aged five, six, and nine years old. The childrens' therapist testified before trial that the children were afraid of their uncles and could be traumatized by having to testify in open court. After the trial began, the judge observed the children were visibly fearful and ordered the children give their testimony by closed circuit television. The jury convicted Rouse and Rouse appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Rouse argued the judge’s order violated Rouse’s Sixth Amendment right to confrontation, was not supported by expert opinion, and denied his lawyer the ability to see the jury during cross examination.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Loken, J.)

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