Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics


Key Considerations in Preparing a Cold Case Sexual Assault for Trial

In a cold case sexual assault trial, prosecutors must recreate the reality and urgency of the crime for the jury because of the time that has passed since the sexual assault. This resource addresses the key considerations for prosecutors in preparing a cold case sexual assault for trial, including (1) linking the offender’s conduct to the victim’s trauma by using carefully developed theory and theme, (2) relying on victim testimony, and (3) corroborating witness and expert accounts.