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Supreme Court Allows Use of Child Abuse Evidence

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in court.

Justices ruled Thursday that defendants don't have a constitutional right to cross-examine child accusers, if their comments were made to help teachers prevent child abuse.

The ruling makes it easier for prosecutors to convict people accused of domestic violence.

The case involves Darius Clark, a Cleveland man convicted of beating his girlfriend's three-year-old son. Clark says the trial court denied him the constitutional right to confront his accuser when it said the boy didn't have to testify, but still considered statements he made to preschool teachers describing abuse.

The Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling that Clark's conviction should be thrown out.

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