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State v. Broadnax
South Carolina Supreme Court
779 S.E.2d 789 (2015)
Christopher Broadnax (defendant) robbed a Church’s Chicken at gunpoint. Police arrested him a few minutes later. Several eyewitnesses testified at his trial, and both his physical description and the description of the getaway vehicle matched perfectly. After Broadnax testified in his own defense, the judge allowed evidence of three of his four prior robbery convictions with an instruction that the jury should consider it only to decide whether to believe his testimony. The jury found Broadnax guilty, but the appellate court reversed, reasoning that his prior convictions were not crimes of dishonesty automatically admissible for impeachment purposes.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Toal, C.J.)
Concurrence (Hearn, J.)
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