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jurisdiction, was punishable by death or by imprisonment for more than one year, the evidence: o (A) must be admitted, subject to Rule 403, in a civil case or in a criminal case in which the witness is not a defendant; and o (B) must be admitted in a criminal case in which the witness is a defendant, if the probative value of the evidence outweighs its prejudicial effect to that defendant; and (2) for any crime regardless of the punishment, the evidence must be admitted if the court can readily determine that establishing the elements of the crime required proving — or the witness’s admitting — a dishonest act or false statement. (b) Limit on Using the Evidence After 10 Years. This subdivision (b) applies if more than 10 years have passed since the witness’s conviction or release from confinement for it, whichever is later. Evidence of the conviction is admissible only if: (1) its probative value, supported by specific facts and circumstances, substantially outweighs its prejudicial effect; and (2) the proponent gives an adverse party reasonable written notice of the intent to use it so that the party has a fair opportunity to contest its use. Page 28 of 65 Nathan Hardymon
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Evidence Spring 2017 Outline Lollar (c) Effect of a Pardon, Annulment, or Certificate of Rehabilitation. Evidence of a conviction is not admissible if: (1) the conviction has been the subject of a pardon, annulment, certificate of rehabilitation, or other equivalent procedure based on a finding that the person has been rehabilitated, and the person has not been convicted of a later crime punishable by death or by imprisonment for more than one year; or (2) the conviction has been the subject of a pardon, annulment, or other equivalent procedure based on a finding of innocence. (d) Juvenile Adjudications. Evidence of a juvenile adjudication is admissible under this rule only if: (1) it is offered in a criminal case; (2) the adjudication was of a witness other than the defendant; (3) an adult’s conviction for that offense would be admissible to attack the adult’s credibility; and (4) admitting the evidence is necessary to fairly determine guilt or innocence. (e) Pendency of an Appeal. A conviction that satisfies this rule is admissible even if an appeal is pending. Evidence of the pendency is also admissible. o 609(a)(2) does not require (or allow) a 403 analysis. If the elements are met, it comes in. That is, if proving the elements of the crime included proving a dishonest act or false statement, the evidence of the previous crime comes in. For example, theft, perjury, fraud, false swearing, forgery, and in some jurisdictions, robbery. o 609(a) Witnesses Other than the Accused (609(a)(1)(A)) If the prior crime did not involve a dishonest act or false statement, but was punishable by death or imprisonment in excess of one year, it shall be admitted subject to 403 .
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