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Study: Laws Protecting Child Witnesses Lack Uniformity from State to State

It’s not uncommon for kids to take the stand to testify in criminal, civil or juvenile courts. But legal protections for these underage witnesses — and for victims too — vary greatly from state to state, according to some research from Sam Houston State University. To tell us more, we talk with Ashley Fansher, a […]

It's not uncommon for kids to take the stand to testify in criminal, civil or juvenile courts. But legal protections for these underage witnesses — and for victims too — vary greatly from state to state, according to some research from Sam Houston State University.

To tell us more, we talk with Ashley Fansher, a doctoral teaching and a research assistant at Sam Houston State and the lead author of the study.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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