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  •  Whether people lie under oath all the time (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, Neuroptimalian

    is irrelevant as to whether a witness can be impeached for  lying under oath.  I've seen witness credibility impeached by their tax returns, by past criminal convictions, by statements in depositions, affidavits and pleadings. For example, a witness in a case can be impeached by a criminal conviction that happened as long ago as ten years under certain circumstances. You are arguing for the admissibility standard but that is not the correct standard. Materials used to impeach often are not admitted as substantive evidence but are used to    attack the witnesses credibility.

     I agree that this witness is overrated, but the State sure doesn't think so. It's never a good thing for a party in litigation to have its witness impeached for lying.

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