Perceptions about sexually based offenses can complicate the litigation process, from expert witness testimony to jury selection. Christopher Braddock, a solo practitioner who has a criminal defense practice in Denver, said he believes research about sexual offenses used in litigation presents a problem because par-ties will use studies to bolster their side of the case. But he believes such research, though worth doing, does not have a place in litigation because each case has unique circumstances to consider that studies can’t explain. In addition, Braddock said, a reliable base of data hasn’t been established, making it a mistake to apply patterns and predictors to any particular case.

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