American Law Reports Annotated Volume 6

American Law Reports Annotated Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... traits of character, can be gone into, but the inquiry must be confined to his reputation or character for truth and veracity." In Georgia the rule is established by statute that a witness impeached by proof of contradictory statements may be sustained by proof of general good character, the effect of the evidence to be determined by the jury. Price v. State (1884) 72 Ga. 444. In that case one of the grounds of exception was that the court allowed the prosecution in a trial for homicide to prove by a witness that the general character of another witness was good, and that he would believe him on oath, the objection being that there was no impeachment of the witness by proof of bad character. It appeared, however, from a note by the lower court, that counsel for the de fendant had proved contradictory statements made by the witness, and it was held that "the Code, as well as repeated rulings of this court, affirms that attacks on the character of a witness by contradictory statements may be rebutted by proof of general good character for truth and standing in society." And in Clark v. State (1903) 117 Ga. 254, 43 S. E. 853, the provision of the Georgia Code was applied in the official syllabus of the court as follows: "A witness sought to be impeached by previous contradictory statements may be sustained by proof of general good character, the effect of the evidence to be determined by the jury." Compare Bell v. State (1896) 100 Ga. 78, 27 S. E. 669, wherein the defendant sought to impeach the principal witness for the state by proof of general bad character and by proof of contradictory statements, and it was held erroneous to charge generally that "when it sought to impeach a witness by either of these...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236737695
  • 9781236737694