Cat-and-Mouse Games Close to My Heart

December 28, 2012 by

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Since any statute of limitations has clearly expired, sharing the following information does not concern me: the scene is South Boston in the mid-fifties. Almost daily, my then-eight-year-old mom stopped in at Jennie’s local grocery store with my nana – but not for milk or eggs or bread. While my nana slipped into a back room with Jennie to lay a wager, my mom importantly took Jennie’s place at the check-out register, armed with instructions to let the ladies in the back know if anybody came into the store looking for Jennie. My mom was aiding and abetting a numbers […] More...

Reeling in Prior Bad Act Evidence

December 18, 2012 by

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The recent passing of Larry Hagman, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the conniving, unfaithful J.R. Ewing on the nighttime soap opera “Dallas,” Larry Hagman dead at 81 on caused me to once again think about the difference between the Ru le 404(b) I learned in law school and the Rule 404(b) I frequently encounter in the real world. I associate J.R. and Rule 404(b) because one recurring story line in the show depicted J.R. being caught philandering by Sue Ellen, his long-suffering wife, near the end of a season and earnestly promising to be forever faithful. [For […] More...