By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
It’s possible but it’s certainly not a given.
The Texas and Federal Rules of Evidence try to keep trials from turning into free-for-all mud slinging contests. Imagine how ridiculous a trial would be if every officer could be drilled on the witness stand about their 4th grade report card. Then again, if an officer has taken part in shenanigans which call his/her word into question — it might be key for a jury to know.
Two Rules — What the Judge MUST Allow and What they MAY Allow
The rules categorize prior conduct of a witness into two main categories. Evidence that a judge must allow the jury to see and evidence the judge has the discretion to allow jurors to see depending on the circumstances.
Crimes of Moral Turpitude
Under Tex.R.Evid. 609, evidence of a prior conviction for a…
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