Character Evidence

Propensity: How Character Cannot Be Used Character Evidence is one of the hardest concepts to grasp and pick up on; but if you can remember the word ‘propensity,’ and understand it, you will be in a much better position to recognize character. Propensity means “[a]...

Best Evidence

This month we will be discussing probably one of the most confusing and worst-named rules… best evidence! If you are flipping through your Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) book with not a clue as to where “best evidence” appears, then I can promise you that you are not...

Relevance

Federal Rule of Evidence 401 Admissibility of evidence, and the weight of that evidence, are two different things. Evidence is either relevant, or it is irrelevant. Relevant evidence may be admissible. Irrelevant evidence is never admissible. Thus, every piece of...