Evidence Rule 610


Franklin County Criminal Law Casebook

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Evidence Rule 610 -- Religious Beliefs or Opinions
State v. Atalla, 157 Ohio App. 3d 698, 2004-Ohio-3414 -- Defense counsel failed to object to questions suggesting that if jurors could not be impartial to the perpetrators of the 9-11 attacks they could not be impartial to the defendant, then asked his own questions following that theme.  Conviction reversed based on ineffective assistance of counsel. 
Redman v. Watchtower (1994), 69 Ohio St. 3d 98, 99 -- "The use of one's congregational affiliation to show bias is acceptable under Evid. R. 610. The use of one's religious beliefs or affiliation to attack credibility is not."

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