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State v. Lambert
Rhode Island Supreme Court
705 A.2d 957 (1997)
Michael Lambert (defendant) and William Page tied up a homeless man and beat him to death. The two later hung out with a group of people. Page told the group that the two had beat up an old man. Lambert then told the group that they had hit the man in the head with a gun and a tube. The two also made other statements to the group about the crime. Lambert was arrested and tried for murder. At trial, one of the members of the group conversation testified about what Page and Lambert had said during that conversation. Other than the two initial statements, the witness could not always precisely remember whether Page or Lambert had made a specific statement and sometimes generally attributed statements to both of them. Lambert objected to the witness’s testimony about what Page had said and about anything that was not clearly something Lambert had said. The trial court ruled that Lambert had adopted the admissions made by Page and allowed the testimony. The jury convicted Lambert of murder. Lambert’s request for a new trial was denied, and he appealed. On appeal, Lambert argued that testimony about Page’s statements should have been excluded.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lederberg, J.)
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