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Old Chief v. United States
Citation:519 U.S. 172 (1997)
The defendant was arrested and charged with multiple offenses including assault with a dangerous weapon, using a firearm in a crime of violence, and a felony-possession statute. The previous felony that the defendant had been charged with was assault causing serious bodily injury. Before trial, the defendant moved for an order requiring the government to refrain from mentioning any information about the prior criminal conviction, except that he had been convicted of a felony. The defendant also tried to stipulate that he had been previously convicted of a felony. The prosecution refused to stipulate. The District Court held that the prosecution did not have to stipulate and allowed the prosecution to present evidence about the previous conviction. The defendant was found guilty. The defendant appealed arguing that it was error to admit the evidence because the nature of the previous felony was irrelevant. The defendant also argued that the unfair prejudice of the evidence substantially outweighed its probative value, violating Rule 403.
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