Criminal Practice

Rule 404(b) and the Pa. Supreme Court's Discontent

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No area of law may be more ­vexing, and more subject to dispute, than the admission or exclusion of "other acts" evidence—often mis-labeled "prior bad acts" evidence—in criminal cases. Evidence of an "act" that only ­conveys the actor's character is inadmissible; but ­evidence with a non-character purpose may be admissible, subject to a balancing test.

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