“They did something similar before” – prior acts, character, and self-defense

In a recent (October, 2019) manslaughter trial in Philadelphia, the jury heard a lot about the victim, information not limited to conduct at the time of the fight that led to his death.  The jury heard, as an early defense witness, a bartender from Florida.  Although the death occurred in 2018, the jury heard about

Rule 106: Know The Rest Of The Story – In Real Time

Everyone has seen words taken out of context, and thus given new and unintended meaning. Consider the movie review that reads “nothing about this film is excellent.” What ends up in the advertisement? “Daily Journal says ’excellent.’” What happens in advertising or political chicanery has no place in the courtroom, and Rule 106 is intended