Conrad v. State (1999)

In Conrad v. State, 10 S.W.3d 43 (Tex. App.--Texarkana 1999, pet. ref'd), a child complainant's mother was permitted to stand next to him in the courtroom while he testified in an aggravated sexual assault case. See id. at 46. On appeal, Conrad asserted that the trial court's actions bolstered the witness's credibility. The Texarkana Court concluded that the "court simply took the reasonable steps that were necessary to minimize the trauma facing the complainant, which is allowed under Article 38.071 10." Id. at 47.