Evidence-Wellborn SU2006 Outline

B in a case in which the government intends to offer

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Unformatted text preview: y an accused against a child who is the victim of the offense for which the accused is on trial. FRE 414. Evidence of Similar Crimes in Child Molestation cases. a) In a criminal case in which the defendant is accused of an offense of child molestation, evidence of the defendant's commission of another offense or offenses of child molestation is admissible, and may be considered for its bearing on any matter to which it is relevant. b) In a case in which the Government intends to offer evidence under this rule, the attorney for the Government shall disclose the evidence to the defendant....at least 15 days before the scheduled date of trial or at such later time as the court may allow for good cause. Scope and purpose of Rule 414: Rule 414 is designed to supersede in child molestation cases the general rule, expressed in Rule 404, that excludes character evidence when offered to prove conforming conduct Rule 414 is based on the notion that evidence that a defendant has engaged in other acts of child molestation is highly probative in that it reveals the D'...
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