Preventing bad psychological scientific evidence in The Netherlands and the United States

P.J. van Koppen, M.J. Saks

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In a recent case in the netherlands, a pimp was accused of molesting two of his prostitutes and also of raping one of them.1 although the police knew of the violent character of the pimp, the case confronted them with a problem: the prostitutes had also accused the pimp of forcing them to sell their bodies, but after the pimp was arrested both continued to work in that trade. Were they just making their whole story up or was it typical for women who had been forced into prostitution to continue in the trade even after the force has been removed? to answer these questions, the police called in a psychologist the day before the case was scheduled for trial in the district court.keywordsexpert testimonyexpert witnesseyewitness identificationappellate courtsexual abuse casethese keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdversarial versus inquisitorial justice
Subtitle of host publicationPsychological perspectives on criminal justice systems
EditorsP.J. van Koppen, S.D. Penrod
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003

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