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NCJ Number: 119176 Find in a Library
Title: Needed: A Rewrite
Journal: Criminal Justice  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer 1989)  Pages:20-23,44-46
Author(s): P F Rothstein
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 7
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The report, entitled "Federal Rules of Evidence: A Fresh Review and Evaluation," proposes changes in the Federal Rules of Evidence.
Abstract: More than 40 judges, lawyers, and scholars were involved in this four-year study, where experts on each particular rule acted as "reporters" to the committee on those areas. The report rewrites the rules on matters such as prior convictions to impeach criminal defendants, expert testimony, character evidence, shielding rape victims, presumptions, child witnesses in violence and sex abuse cases, jurors impugning their own verdicts, competency, judicial notice, judicial comment, and admissibility of pleas, plea discussions, and related statements. It also makes a series of less formal suggestions concerning general "in limine" procedures, the hearsay exception for government records, and the hearsay exception for statements of future intention to show conduct of others.
Main Term(s): Rules of evidence
Index Term(s): Trial procedures
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