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Criminal Practice – Character Evidence – Opening the Door – Witness’s Response – Impeachment (access required)

Where a witness’s answer, rather than counsel’s question, opened the door to evidence about defendant’s propensity for peacefulness, Rule 404(a)(1), SCRE, did not allow the state to question the witness about details of prior domestic violence incidents in which defendant pointed guns at her. Although the witness’s false answer about defendant’s avoidance of confrontation gave the ...

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