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Evidence in a Nutshell: State and Federal Rules

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A book by Paul F. Rothstein

Federal Rules of Evidence are the anchor of this single-volume Nutshell. The text summarizes significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions, additional leading cases, and principal schools of evidentiary thought. Expert coverage includes practical implementation … see full wiki

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Author: Paul F. Rothstein
Publisher: West Group
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Evidence by Rothstein

  • May 31, 2004
The first principle of evidence involves relevancy. Evidence is
relevant if a reasonable fact-finder could feel that it renders
some fact more probable or less probable in any degree than it
appeared before the introduction of the evidence. Relevancy does not require that the fact be made to appear highly probable.
We are not testing sufficiency of the total proof of a case.
Instead, the basic rule seeks to establish an entry threshold
upon which a building block may be constructed. In some cases,
the judge and jury may have to resort to matters not in the record to determine whether or not a piece of evidence renders
a proposition more probable than before. As a basic principle,
relevancy subsumes materiality. The remainder of the book explains presumptions under the law, heresay, impeachment of
witnesses, exemptions and a whole host of complicating factors
relevant in a trial setting.

The book is written for a legal constituency. It assumes some
legal background or knowledge of basic definitions. The constituency of this book consists of legal scholars, lawyers,
law students and a wide constituency in business and academe.
It is well worth the price for serious students of the law.

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