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goal of trial is to get to truth.  No difference if impeaching statement that came out  on direct. i. So opposing party is now able to open door to contradiction, not just D's option.   Although technically not true since D still decided to testify.  But now even if  don't talk about topic on direct, still can be raised on cross-x if reasonably  suggested on direct.  Are we allowing prosecutor to introduce evidence that it  could not have in its case-in-chief? ii. What does "reasonably suggested" mean?  Vague.  Doesn't this give prosecutor  too much power to mold cross-x such that it opens door? iii. Prob. 8-H (p.665).  Direct - said never sold narcotics to officer X on date Y.   Cross-x - Have you ever sold narcotics before?  This is not allowed b/c not  reasonably suggested on direct.  Q is about all prior acts.  Direct testimony was  just about one incident.  If direct testimony was "I never sold narcotics before,"  this cross-x would be allowed. 33
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D. CANNOT IMPEACH ON THE BASIS OF BELIEFS OR OPINIONS ON MATTER OF  RELIGION. E. REPAIRING CREDIBILITY (p. 668) 1. Usually cannot repair credibility before attack has come.  But can bring out on direct: a. expert is being paid for services b. W has been convicted of crimes c. W has entered into plea bargain d. W has connection or affinity with party so may be biased. 2. Repair should be made at point of attack.  Rule 608(a).   3. Evidence of Good Character. a. Rule 608(a) allows evidence of good character after character has been attacked. b. Good character evidence to bolster credibility may be allowed even if cross-x does  not directly attack veracity of W.  If direct does not attack W and cross-x can be  characterized as and attack, judge has discretion to allow good character evidence on rebuttal.  U.S. v. Medical Therapy Sciences  (p. 670)  Judge's discretion:  party can  call W and repair W on rebuttal even if not directly attacked on cross-x.  Not every  cross-x allows this evidence, only one that can be characterized as an "attack." 4. Prior Consistent Statements  a. Argument - restrictions of R.801(d)(1)(b) do not apply when rehabilitating party  offers prior statement to show no changing of mind.  So no hearsay b/c not used to  prove truth of matter. b. R.801(d)(1)(b) allows substantive use of evidence. c. Prob. 8-I (p.679).  On the stand, officer says X gave him heroin.  Allow tape saying  X handed officer the heroin.  Not improper rehabilitation.  No motive for officer to  lie since he did not know at the time who would not have been prosecuted and not  prosecuted b/c possessed no heroin.  Officer not just trying to get both convicted.   Statement made before motive to lie.
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