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Evidence keyed to Fisher
State v. Sibley
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Victim is the daughter of Appellant’s wife and lived with Appellant while a child; Victim testified that when she was between twelve and thirteen years old, Appellant had nonconsensual sexual contact with her. Victim also testified that her mother was aware of the actions of Appellant and did nothing to stop them. Victim eventually left home and moved to St. Louis. During the trial, various items were admitted into evidence over the objections of Appellant and, as to the last item below, of Victim. The items admitted and at issue here were: Letters written by Appellant but dictated by Victim’s mother and sent to Victim and to Victim’s mother’s cousin; Victim’s testimony that she became pregnant by Appellant, and that Appellant gave her, “medicine” to cause her to have an abortion; Testimony of witnesses, who stated that Appellant’s character for chastity and virtue were bad; and Evidence of, “acts of illicit intercourse” of Victim with persons other than Appellant.
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