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The admissibility of Rule 404(b) evidence is one of the most litigated evidence issues. The rule pertains to evidence of other crimes, wrongs, or acts. This bulletin explains Rule 404(b) and provides a framework for analyzing admissibility issues regarding other crimes, wrongs, or acts evidence.
Three recent decisions of the North Carolina Supreme Court and the State Court of Appeals interpret hearsay exceptions under North Carolina’s Code of Evidence in ways that have special significance for child abuse cases. This memorandum summarizes three cases and the procedural steps required for admitting hearsay testimony.
The residual hearsay exceptions in both the North Carolina and the federal rules of evidence can be highly useful to trial lawyers. This article discusses the common law background and legislative history of these exceptions, the criteria for admissibility of statements under the exceptions, and patterns developing in case law.
The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that juvenile custodial interrogation warnings set out in the Juvenile Code must be given to sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds. This memorandum discusses the ruling and its effect on the duties of law enforcement officers and the admissibility of evidence at trial.
The 1977 North Carolina General Assembly enacted a new law effective for rape and any lesser-included offenses. This memorandum discusses the present common law rules of evidence in rape cases, and the changes brought about by the new law.