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NCJ Number: 120131 Find in a Library
Title: Hearsay: The Least Understood Exclusionary Rule
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:17  Issue:4  Dated:(1989)  Pages:265-275
Author(s): D Murphy
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Though the "exclusionary rule" refers to a rule that emerged from Mapp v. Ohio, virtually all rules of evidence are exclusionary rules.
Abstract: The idea is to ferret out prior to admission potential evidence that unreliable, impertinent, or not logically probative of a material issue. In the adversary system in the United States, the search for truth may be tortuous, but if the truth is to be known, some proffered evidence must be excluded. Among rules excluding such evidence, and foremost among those widely misunderstood, is the hearsay rule. Through discussion of three categories of apparent hearsay evidence and development of a comprehensive decision tree for evidentiary admissibility, this article is designed to dispel hearsay rule confusion. List of 40 exceptions, 2 diagrams, 22 notes, 18 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Hearsay evidence
Index Term(s): Exceptions to exclusionary rule; Exclusionary rule
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