In the case of the United States versus Jorge Cedeno, the trial judge prevented Cedeno’s lawyer from questioning a detective about the fact that he had lied (and been caught lying) in a prior court proceeding in an unrelated case.
The trial judge prevented such questioning after considering:
1. Whether the prior judicial finding addressed the detective’s honesty in that specific case or generally; and
2. Whether the two sets of testimony involved a similar subject.
The court of appeals disagreed with the trial judge, however, concluding that he should have also considered such things as:
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