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State v. Kotsimpulos

Supreme Judicial Court of Maine
411 A.2d 79 (1980)


Facts

Peter Kotsimpulos (defendant) was a federal meat inspector. The State of Maine (plaintiff) charged Kotsimpulos with stealing pork from a grocery store’s meat plant. Kotsimpulos claimed that Carver, a supervisor at the grocery store, framed him. To prove this, Kotsimpulos sought to introduce evidence that Carver threatened him by telling him that Carver was going to ensure that Kotsimpulos was fired from his job as a meat inspector. The trial court excluded this evidence on the grounds that it was irrelevant and that its potential to confuse the jury substantially outweighed its probative value under Federal Rule of Evidence 403. The trial court convicted Kotsimpulos. The superior court affirmed. Kotsimpulos appealed.

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