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Weinstein's Federal Evidence
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Federal Rules of Evidence, Rule 415, Evidence of Similar Acts in Civil Cases Concerning Sexual Assault or Child Molestation


Jack Weinstein, Margaret Berger, Joseph M. McLaughlin; Hon. Joseph M. McLaughlin, Editorial Consultant

Chapter Summary


In civil cases where it is alleged that a party's conduct constitutes an offense of sexual assault or child molestation, evidence of that party's commission of another offense or offenses of sexual assault or child molestation is admissible.

This chapter of Weinstein's Federal Evidence discusses Rule 415 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, which applies in civil cases involving a sexual assault or child molestation offense. The chapter explains the purpose and effects of the rule and explores the rule's relationship to other rules of evidence. It also discusses the disclosure requirements that the rule imposes on a party who intends to use such evidence.

Weinstein's Federal Evidence (Matthew Bender) is a comprehensive 6-volume treatise on federal evidence law for litigators who practice in federal court. Organized according to the Federal Rules of Evidence, each chapter includes the exact text of the rule, a complete analysis of the rule supported by extensive case citations, the original Advisory Committee Note and Congressional activity surrounding the adoption of the Rule, and similar materials for any subsequent amendments to the Rule. The analytical text focuses on the current state of the law and includes footnotes organized by circuits (with brief descriptions of each case), while retaining information on the historical development of the law in historical appendices to each chapter. Weinstein's Federal Evidence provides expert analysis and coverage of unsettled evidence issues. It includes a chart listing each state that has adopted evidence rules based on the Federal Rules of Evidence, and compares the state version of each rule with the corresponding federal rule.


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For a discussion on relevant evidence, see Ch. 401, Definition of Relevant Evidence.

For more information on evidentiary requirements relating to sex offenses, see Ch. 412, Sex Offense Cases; Relevance of Victim's Past Behavior or Alleged Sexual Predisposition, Ch. 413, Evidence of Similar Crimes in Sexual Assault Cases, and Ch. 415, Evidence of Similar Acts in Civil Cases of Sexual Assault or Child Molestation.

For a discussion of the admission of character evidence generally and methods of proving character, see Ch. 404, Character Evidence Not Admissible to Prove Conduct, and Ch. 405, Methods of Proving Character.

For more information on the rules governing the use of prior bad acts and crimes for impeachment purposes, see Ch. 608, Evidence of Character and Conduct of Witness, and Ch. 609, Impeachment by Evidence of Conviction of Crime.


For discussion of the tactical issues related to evidence of similar acts in civil cases concerning sexual assault or child molestation, see Federal Evidence Tactics § 4.15 (Matthew Bender).

For more information on discovery, see Moore's Federal Practice, Ch. 26, Duty to Disclose; General Provisions Governing Discovery (Matthew Bender).

For a discussion in the admission of circumstantial evidence, see Federal Evidence Practice Guide, Ch. 15, Circumstantial Evidence (Matthew Bender).
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