This article is a discussion of the instances when criminal acts of the accused, occurring both prior and subsequent to the now-charged crime, are admissible in a present criminal prosecution. Instances when criminal history gains admission are divided into two categories: admissibility regardless of the trial tactics of the defense and admissibility due to the trial tactics of the defense. The principles of evidence stated in the article are North Carolina rules with frequent footnote reference to the corresponding Federal Rules of Evidence.



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