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State v. Hardy
Washington Supreme Court
946 P.2d 1175 (1997)
Patrick Hardy (defendant) was charged with robbing Shamsa Wilkins of her jewelry. Hardy and Wilkins each had different stories about how Hardy came to possess the jewelry, making witness credibility a key part of the trial. Hardy had a prior felony conviction for a drug crime. At trial, the trial court found that this prior drug conviction had very little impeachment value and that evidence of a prior felony could be highly prejudicial to Hardy. However, instead of excluding the prior drug conviction, the trial court excluded only the fact that the conviction was for a drug crime and allowed evidence of the bare fact that Hardy had an unnamed prior felony conviction as impeachment evidence. Hardy was convicted and appealed. On appeal, Hardy argued that the felony-conviction evidence was highly prejudicial and should have been excluded.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Sanders, J.)
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