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Rodriguez v. State

Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
305 S.W.2d 350 (1957)


Facts

The State of Texas (plaintiff) prosecuted Selestino Rodriguez (defendant) after Cathalina Gavia accused him of assaulting Gavia's young daughter. Gavia was the state's sole witness at trial, because the daughter was too young to be a competent witness. Rodriguez testified Gavia falsely accused him of assault to take revenge on him after Rodriguez told Gavia’s father he had seen Gavia with a man. The state recalled Gavia, who denied any falsification. The state also introduced evidence of Gavia's good community reputation for truthfulness. The jury convicted Rodriguez. On appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, Rodriguez argued the judge erred in admitting the state's evidence of Gavia's reputation for truthfulness.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Woodley, J.)

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