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Old Chief v. United States

Docket No.: 95-6556
Argued: October 16, 1996
Decided: January 19, 1997

Topics:

Federal Rules of Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Confrontation, Federal Rules of Evidence, Fifth Amendment, abuse of discretion, antitrust, harmless error, jury selection, murder, self-incrimination

PartyNames: Johnny Lynn OLD CHIEF, Petitioner, v. UNITED STATES.
Petitioner: Old Chief
Respondent: United States

Court Below: THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
Citation: 56 F.3d 75
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket

Old Chief
v.
United States
519 U.S. 172 (1997)
Other Citations: 117 S.Ct. 644136 L.Ed.2d 574 (519 U.S. 1
Question:

Does a District Court have the authority to reject a defendant's offer to conceded a prior conviction and admit the prosecution's presentation of it when the name or nature of the conviction raises the risk of a verdict tainted by improper considerations, and when the purpose of the evidence is solely to prove the element of prior conviction?

Old Chief v. United States
ORAL ARGUMENT

October 16, 1996

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 5 votes for Old Chief, 4 vote(s) against
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