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United States v. Saenz

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
179 F.3d 686 (1999)


Facts

Saenz (defendant) was convicted of assault. Saenz’s defense at trial was that his use of force was necessary because he knew the victim had been carrying dangerous weapons and the victim was planning to hurt a relative. The trial court held that evidence concerning that victim’s propensity to commit a crime was inadmissible as prior bad acts under Federal Rule of Evidence 404(b). Saenz appealed his conviction, arguing that the court erred in ruling that the evidence about the victim’s prior bad acts was inadmissible.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Pregerson, J.)

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