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Three methods to show untruthful character 1 an

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very mashed up situation. Three methods to show untruthful character 1) An impeaching witness testifies that the target witness has a bad reputation for truthfulness. -an impeaching witness may know about the target witness’ reputation in the community. An impeaching witness may have an opinion as to truthfulness. -this testimony must be provided through general statements and cannot include specific acts.
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2) Cross-examination of the target witness as to specific misconduct which did not result in a criminal conviction. -the specific acts must reflect on truthfulness -no extrinsic evidence 3) Showing that the target witness has prior criminal convictions -extrinsic evidence is allowed -type of conviction as well as how long ago affect whether a conviction can be used for impeachment. In addition, a distinction is made between impeaching a criminal defendant with prior convictions and impeaching a witness. Complicated and nuanced. Summary: dishonesty or false statements leading to a conviction will always be allowed. Serious crimes will be allowed unless there is unfair prejudice. Minor crimes are never admissible.
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