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Criminal Practice – Murder – Cross-Examination – Witness’s Possible Sentence – Harmless Error (access required)

Since a prosecution witness’s sentencing exposure on his pending charges affected his potential bias and motive for testifying, the trial court should have allowed defendant to cross-examine the witness about the potential sentences he faced. Nevertheless, given the other evidence against defendant and defense counsel’s use of other matters to muddy the witness’s credibility, the ...

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