Kentucky Court of Appeals
267 S.W.2d 73 (1954)
The Commonwealth of Kentucky (plaintiff) charged George Richard Broyles (defendant) with murder. At trial, Broyles produced witnesses who testified to his quiet and peaceful character. On cross examination, the prosecutor questioned those witnesses if they knew Broyles previously was convicted of drunk driving, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct. The judge instructed the jury to consider the witnesses' knowledge of those offenses only as it bore on their credibility, and not on whether Broyles committed murder. The jury convicted Broyles and Broyles appealed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, arguing that the prosecutor's questions were improper.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Combs, J.)
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