Brief Fact Summary. The defendant, Old Chief (the “defendant”) was arrested after an incident involving at least one gun shot.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. “In this case, as in any other in which the prior conviction is for an offense likely to support conviction on some improper ground, the only reasonable conclusion was that the risk of unfair prejudice did substantially outweigh the discounted probative value of the record of conviction, and it was an abuse of discretion to admit the record when an admission was available.”
Certainly, Rule 403 does not permit the court to exclude the Government's evidence simply because it may hurt the defendant.View Full Point of Law