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What makes evidence inadmissible in court?

In the United States, the Federal Rules of Evidence determine whether a piece of evidence can be considered at trial. There are three main criteria for entering a statement or object as evidence at trial: relevance, materiality, and competence.

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  • 10 Most Common Attractive Nuisances

    10 Most Common Attractive Nuisances

    Sometimes the things that fascinate us most are dangerous. Attractive nuisances draw the attention of children and often cause injuries or even death. What everyday neighborhood features are likely to harm kids? See more »

  • How a Memorandum of Understanding Works

    How a Memorandum of Understanding Works

    Say you're a government agency or a company of some sort and you want to negotiate the terms of a working relationship with another group or agency. However, you're not too enthused by the idea of lawyers, contracts and legalese. That's where Memoranda of Understanding come in. What are these MOUs, exactly, and who uses them? See more »

  • How Free Speech Works

    How Free Speech Works

    In the U.S., can you truly say anything you want, or are there limits? Who decides them? And might this change in the age of the globally connected village? See more »

  • How Lawsuits Work

    How Lawsuits Work

    You probably hear about lawsuits a lot -- neighbors suing neighbors over an overgrown tree, customers suing grocery stores over spilt milk, employees suing employers over unlawful termination. What�s involved in taking someone to court? Find out all about lawsuits and see how a civil case unfolds. See more »

  • The Mind-bending Memoranda of Understanding Quiz

    The Mind-bending Memoranda of Understanding Quiz

    Memoranda of understanding are the laid-back guys at the law office. They're a bit more formal than a handshake but less complicated than a contract. How much do you know about these ultra-common agreements? See more »

  • Top 10 Controversial Court Cases

    Top 10 Controversial Court Cases

    If justice is blind, then why do some court decisions spark outrage and violence? Even with an impartial jury, court cases don't always go according to plan. See more »

  • What makes evidence inadmissible in court?

    What makes evidence inadmissible in court?

    In the United States, the Federal Rules of Evidence determine whether a piece of evidence can be considered at trial. There are three main criteria for entering a statement or object as evidence at trial: relevance, materiality, and competence. See more »

  • 11 Stupid Legal Warnings

    11 Stupid Legal Warnings

    Eggs may contain eggs. Pepper spray may cause eye irritation. Toy broomsticks cannot really fly. OK, we made that one up -- or did we? Join us in bafflement as you make your way through these 11 absurd warnings. See more »

  • The Ultimate Negotiation Quiz

    The Ultimate Negotiation Quiz

    Negotiating is something we do every day, whether we realize it or not. Things like deciding whose turn it is to take out the garbage, buying a used car, or asking your boss for a raise involve negotiation. What are the steps involved in negotiating and how can we become better negotiators? Take our quiz to find out. See more »

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