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Unformatted text preview: TURE a liar, therefore her testimony today should not be credited or vice versa. Three traditional methods of impugning the character or truthfulness of a witness: Conviction of crime. Other misconduct Reputation or Opinion evidence Character for Truthfulness, Conviction of Crime [FRE 609]
FRE 609: Impeachment by Evidence of Conviction of Crime General Rule. For the purpose of attacking the credibility of a witness, Evidence that witness other than an accused has been convicted of a crime shall be admitted, subject to rule 403, if the crime was punishable by death or imprisonment in excess of one year under the law under which the witness was convicted, and evidence that an accused has been convicted of such a crime shall be admitted if the court determines that the probative value of admitting this evidence outweighs its prejudicial effect to the accused. So with respect to witness other than accused: Evidence of prior convictions of crimes punishable by more than one year in prison, is admissible if it passes 403 (probative valu...
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