This Comment examines California Penal Code section 1347, which allows the use of closed-circuit television to transmit the child witness' testimony to the courtroom from another location. The author addresses the various constitutional challenges that have been raised with respect to these types of statutes, with special focus on the argument that the use of closed-circuit television violates the Confrontation Clause of the sixth amendment and a defendant's due process rights. The author examines these constitutional issues and concludes that Penal Code section 1347 is consistent with the constitutional protections afforded by the Confrontation and Due Process Clauses.
Steven M. Romanoff,
The Use of Closed-Circuit Television Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: A Twentieth Century Solution to a Twentieth Century Problem,
San Diego L. Rev.
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