State v. Baker
Supreme Court of Wisconsin
114 N.W.2d 426 (1962)
The State of Wisconsin (plaintiff) prosecuted Baker (defendant) for sexual acts with James A., a minor. The state's case depended solely on whether the jury believed James A.’s account of his dealings with Baker. At trial, several of Baker's witnesses cast doubt on the accuracy of James A.'s account. Baker also called a local clergyman, who knew James A., to testify about James A.’s poor reputation for truthfulness. The judge sustained the state's objection to this testimony. The jury convicted Baker, and Baker appealed to the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, arguing it was error to exclude the clergyman's testimony.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brown, J.)
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