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United States v. Keiser

57 F.3d 847 (1995)

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United States v. Keiser

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

57 F.3d 847 (1995)

Facts

Ronald Keiser (Ronald) (defendant) shot Victor Romero, paralyzing him from the waist down. At Ronald’s trial, Ronald claimed that he acted in self-defense, protecting his brother, Randy Keiser (Randy), from an assault by Romero. Ronald sought to call Randy as a witness to testify about an incident that had occurred outside the courtroom the previous day. Specifically, Randy planned to testify that when Romero saw him outside the courtroom, Romero started screaming at Randy and said something that led Randy to believe that Romero would seek revenge for the shooting. Ronald sought to introduce this testimony to support his self-defense claim by showing that Romero had a tendency toward anger and violence. The prosecution (plaintiff) objected to the testimony, and the court sustained the objection, excluding the testimony. Ronald was convicted of assault, and he appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hall, J.)

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