This may be the case even if evidence of the accuseds prior violent acts is admitted under rule 404b because such evidence can be admitted only for limited purposes and not to show action in conformity with the accuseds character on a specific occasion. Prior bad acts is probably by a hair my least favorite of the hoag novels ive read yet its still pretty damn fine in particular i liked the way that she turned the tables on my false preconceptions as to the point she was trying to make. Prior bad acts a novel sam kovac and nikki liska tami hoag on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers new york times bestselling author tami hoag returns with a thriller that begins with a shocking crime scene youll never forget and follows two relentless detectives on a manhunt that ends in a chilling confrontation with the essence of human evil. Consider this fact pattern which arose in a recent trial you are representing the plaintiffs in a section 1983 police brutality case in which one of the defendants you believe is guilty of prior bad acts remarkably similar to the ones youve alleged in your case. Evidence of prior bad acts by the accused will be admissible if the prosecution satisfies the judge on a balance of probabilities that in the context of the particular case the probative value of the evidence in relation to a specific issue outweighs its potential prejudice and thereby justifies its reception
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