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Rosen v. United States

United States Supreme Court
245 U.S. 467 (1918)


Rosen (defendant), Wagner (defendant), and Broder were charged with conspiracy to receive stolen checks. Broder pleaded guilty and was called as a witness to testify against the defendants. The defendants objected to Broder’s testimony, arguing that Broder was not competent to be a witness because he had previously pleaded guilty to forgery in another case. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York permitted Broder to testify. The defendants were convicted. The defendants appealed, relying on the common-law rule that an individual convicted of forgery was incompetent to testify as a witness unless and until the individual was pardoned. The court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Clarke, J.)

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