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  •  I know they're different. (1+ / 0-)
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    Silvia Nightshade

    But the principle is the same.  The defense can't claim evidence should be kept out merely because it tends to prove some aspect of the prosecution's case.  And after the fact statements, particularly letters from jail, are very often admitted in criminal cases, even when the effect of that is to establish the defendant's guilt or ehance his sentence.

    Your position would create a topsy-turvy world in which evidence is kept out precisely because it is extremely relevant.  I just can't see how the alleged prejudice from these statements and letters outweighs their probative value.  They go directly to the issue of motive, since they show Dunn's mindset with respect to his victims.  

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 03:09:30 PM PST

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