Evidence keyed to Fisherback
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The defendant was on trial for the crime of reckless homicide after allegedly running over the victim with his car and killing him. The defendant testified that he was not driving recklessly. Defense counsel wants to call to the stand the defendant’s colleague, who regularly shares rides with the defendant to and from work, to testify to his reputation for careful driving and for truthfulness.
Should the testimony be admitted?CorrectIncorrect
The defendant is on trial for embezzlement. He does not take the stand.
Which of the defendant’s previous convictions is most likely to be admitted into evidence against him?CorrectIncorrect
A man walked into a house that he thought belonged to his girlfriend but it was really the house next door to his girlfriend’s. The owner of the house had just finished exercising in his basement and was walking upstairs, wearing a black sweat suit, just as the man walked in through the front door, which had been left open. The man attacked the owner, causing grave injuries. The man was charged with assault, battery, and attempted burglary. He claimed that he had thought the house was his girlfriend’s, that the owner was a burglar, and that he had used force in self-defense.
The man’s long-time neighbor testified that the man had a reputation in the community as a hard-working and peaceful man.
The trial judge should rule this testimony:CorrectIncorrect
During the defendant’s trial for embezzlement, the defense calls a witness to testify as to the defendant’s reputation for honesty and veracity. The prosecution objects.
Should the court allow the testimony?CorrectIncorrect
A defendant is on trial for aggravated assault. The defendant claims that he was merely a bystander and that another person was the actual aggressor. The defendant calls a witness to testify that the defendant has a reputation for being a “good and loving person who would never hurt anyone.”
The trial judge should rule the testimony:CorrectIncorrect