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Character Evidence - restrained because of its own power

An old Supreme Court case sums up why character evidence has to be limited in criminal trials:

Michelson v. United States, 335 U.S. 469, 475, 69 S. Ct. 213, 218, 93 L. Ed. 168 (1948)


But also see the Advisory Committee notes on 404 and civil cases:


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