U.S. v. James

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U.S. v. James
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Facts

Daughter murdered mom’s boyfriend, Ogden. Mom is on trial for aiding/abetting daughter’s murder. D wants to introduce court documents that talk about Ogden’s behavior that allegedly caused D to fear Ogden.

Issues

Is the evidence admissible?

Holding

The evidence is relevant and thus admissible, to be used to corroborate mom’s allegations. If he did the crimes, Ogden’s more likely to have bragged convincingly, which would create legit fear in mom (i.e., gets to state of mind).

Comments

It doesn’t matter that the chain of inferences isn’t water tight for relevance.