Legal Memorandum: Admissibility of Evidence

Issue: What is the standard of review in the Fifth Circuit tc "Standards of Review " l 2on questions of the admissibility of evidence?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Admissibility of evidence; Standard of review
Jurisdiction: Fifth Circuit
Cited Cases: 469 U.S. 45; 704 F.2d 1412
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 02/01/2000

A district court’s ruling on the admissibility of evidence is reviewed for an abuse of discretion.  See United States v. Abel, 469 U.S. 45, 105 S. Ct. 465, 83 L. Ed. 2d 450 (1984).  The decision whether to permit particular testimony or hear a particular witness is within the sound discretion of the district court.  See Jon‑T Chems., Inc. v. Freeport Chem. Co., 704 F.2d 1412, 1417 (5th Cir. 1983).


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