Criminal PracticeJules Epstein, The Legal Intelligencer
Rule 404(b) and the Pa. Supreme Court's Discontent
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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