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 of the rules at trial or their connection to pre-trial or post-trial proceedings. Areas of interdisciplinary cross-pollination are noted as well.--This text refers to an alternatePaperbackedition.
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 … more