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Evidence Keyed to Leonard
United States v. Abel
Citation:469 U.S. 45 (1984)
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Abel was charged with bank robbery. An alleged accomplice, Ehle, testified for the prosecution. Abel called Mills to impeach Ehle by testifying that Ehle said he would falsely implicate Abel to gain favor with the prosecutors. Ehle testified that he, Abel, and Mills were all members of the Aryan Brotherhood, a secret prison gang that required its members to lie, cheat, and steal to protect each other. Ehle testified that Mills had lied about Ehle to protect Abel. Abel was convicted. Respondent contends that even if the evidence of membership in the prison gang were relevant to show bias, the district court erred in permitting a full description of the gang.
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