Evidence_ClassNotes_Mazur_Spring08

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Evidence – Class Notes Spring 2008 MAZUR 01/08 C. 1 – EVIDENCE LAW & SYSTEM  Evidence is about articulating the obvious  1. What is the evidence? 2. If allowed to ask the question, what will you use the  answer to demonstrate? 3. Must understand the nature of the claims that the  evidence/testimony connects to   FRE 611 – To what extent does the P control the D’s  interruption of his C-I-C  1. Can the D ask a question after cross examination of the  P’s witness?  2. Voucher  3. D can call P’s witness as his own during his C-I-C 4. When there is a general rule and a more specific rule - go  to the more specific rule first  Most specific rule about the nature of questions that  could be asked on cross examination  Problem:  How did it happen?  p.26 1. Think about evidence as connected to claims and  defenses that the parties bring  D is trying to introduce evidence of contributory  negligence on part of P driving  2. Questions:  1
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Evidence – Class Notes Spring 2008 MAZUR (1) relevant to establishing the relationships btw the  parties  To argue bias later towards the P Witness is not credible so should not be believed Notes:  o Problem set w/in P’s Case in Chief (C-I-C) D has opportunity to cross examine  After the P rests then the D  presents its C-I-C FRE   611(b)  eliciting information that effects the  credibility of a witness the D is allowed to ask  such questions during P’s C-I-C  (2) Two chances to ask the question:  FRE   611(b) Is it w/in the subject matter of the direct?  o What was the subject matter of the direct?   D – What the PW saw By asking Q(2) the D is trying to  ascertain what PW saw w/in his own car  o P -  the D’s car running the light Thus it would be only in the scope for D  to ask about running the light Permit inquiry into additional matters  o Court’s discretion  Argument:  2
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Evidence – Class Notes Spring 2008 MAZUR o Question should be allowed b/c the  negligence and the contributory negligence  actions occur simultaneously Look at the specific factual nature of  what it is that the witness will testify to OBJECTIONS Objection  1. FRE 103 : A proper objection In order to have a reversible error must make a timely  objection   Why? Avoids waste of time Educates the court about the problem  Allows the problem to be fixed Elements:  A substantial right of the party is affected  and Objection is  o Timely  and   o Specific 2.
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