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Unformatted text preview: e central issue was criminal in nature. 2. Evidence of victim's violent character: Civil and Criminal cases Texas: Allows a civil party accused of assaultive conduct to offer evidence of the victim's violent character. Federal Rules: Limits the exception of offering evidence of the victim's violent character to criminal cases! Evidence Handbook Notes:
Scope and Purpose of Rule 404(a): Iterates the general principle that character evidence is not admissible to prove that a person acted in conformity with his or her character on a particular occasion: Rule is based on the view that the probative value of such evidence is outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice and confusion of the issues. Note: Rule 404(a) is only concerned with the use of character evidence to show conformity, it does not govern other uses of character evidence. Rule 404(b) governs the use of evidence of other acts when offered for other purposes, such as to prove motive or intent. Note: When character evidence is...
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