The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to settle a vexing issue in child sexual assault cases: whether expert testimony that minors seldom lie about such abuse is too prejudicial to admit into evidence.

In State v. W.B., 14-2-6303A, the defendant argues that the trial court erred by permitting the state’s expert on Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome to offer testimony that “amounted to an expert opinion that [the] initial allegations against defendant were nearly certainly true,” although later withdrawn.

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