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Evidence: Rape Shield Rule

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Colin Miller, John Marshall Law School

Pub Date: 2014

Publisher: CALI's eLangdell® Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Maria Kozlowski-Gibson, PhD, MSN, LL.M / Associate Professor, Cleveland State University on 1/13/15

Succinct but comprehensive. Direct to the point; present the rape shield rule in practice. The old and new text of law are presented side-by-side for easy reference. Statements are well supported with cases of law. read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Historical Background
  • Chapter 2. Rule 412(a)(1): The General Proscription
  • Chapter 3. Rule 412(b)(1): Criminal Exceptions
  • Chapter 4. Rule 412(b)(2): Civil Exception
  • Chapter 5. Rule 412(c): Procedure for Admissibility in Criminal Cases
  • Chapter 6. Rape Shield Pleadings

About the Book

The Rape Shield Rule, contained in Federal Rule of Evidence 412 and state counterparts is a Rule preventing the admission of evidence concerning the sexual predisposition and behavior of an alleged victim of sexual misconduct, subject to certain exceptions. Through a series of cases and hypotheticals drawn from actual cases, this chapter gives readers a roadmap for how to address any Rape Shield Rule issue in practice.

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About the Contributors


Colin Miller teaches Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and Civil Procedure as a professor at John Marshall Law School, Chicago. He is the creator and Blog Editor of EvidenceProf Blog of the Law Professor Blogs Network. He is the Editor of Illinois Criminal Procedure and drafted a 100 page report comparing the Federal Rules of Evidence to Illinois evidentiary principles, which was used in the creation of the first Illinois Rules of Evidence.

Professor Miller received his B.A. degree with distinction from the University of Virginia and his J.D. (Order of the Coif) from the William & Mary Law School.