The Strange Glitch in the Rhode Island Rules of Evidence

14 Green Bag 2D 143, 2011

4 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2012

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James J. Duane

Regent University - School of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2011

Abstract

Although hearsay is generally inadmissible, the law of evidence has long recognized an exception for statements made by a witness who identifies a suspect at a lineup. This article discusses the reason for that exception, and examines a bizarre drafting error in the version of that rule in the Rhode Island Rules of Evidence, which explains why cautious police officers in that state have an unusual reason to make sure they have a mirror on hand at every line-up.

Keywords: evidence, hearsay, lineups, identification

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K00, K19, K20, K39, K40, K42, K49, Z00, I00

Suggested Citation

Duane, James, The Strange Glitch in the Rhode Island Rules of Evidence (February 1, 2011). 14 Green Bag 2D 143, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2001544

James Duane (Contact Author)

Regent University - School of Law ( email )

1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.regent.edu/duane

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