State v. James

In State v. James, 211 Conn. 555,, 560 A.2d 426 (1989) the Court upheld the constitutionality of General Statutes 54-86h, the child victim competency rule, against a claim that it violates the right to confrontation by preventing defense counsel from challenging the competency of a child victim. Recognizing that "competency is closely related to credibility"; State v. James, supra, 565; the court reasoned that a child sexual assault victim is still subject to cross-examination like any other witness and that any questions defense counsel may have asked at a competency hearing could be asked during cross- examination. Id.