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Blind-Doan v. Sanders
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
291 F.3d 1079 (2002)
Terry Doan (plaintiff) sued Sergeant Sanders (defendant), alleging that Sanders sexually assaulted her while she was in police custody. In support of her claim, Doan sought to introduce testimony from 17 witnesses who would testify about Sanders’s past sexual misconduct in his capacity as a sergeant. The trial-court judge excluded the evidence in a single-line order that did not make a clear record of the reasons for exclusion. The jury returned a verdict for Sanders, and the court accordingly entered judgment in his favor. On appeal, Doan argued that the evidence should have been admitted pursuant to Federal Rules of Evidence 415 and 404(b).
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Noonan, J.)
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