All evidence that is relevant to the case should be presented to the jury, right? Not true. While relevance is one standard that must be met, there are numerous rules of evidence that must be contemplated to determine if a particular document or exhibit may be utilized during the trial. Last week we learned about motions in limine, which will limit the scope of the evidence presented before trial even begins. However, just because a piece of evidence was not expressly prohibited by a motion in limine doesn’t mean it can be presented at trial.
Using Lexis Advance, research and describe two separate reasons (other than relevance) an attorney could object to a certain document being presented at trial. You should identify and describe the evidentiary rule in your state that applies and identify one case you’ve found that discusses the evidentiary issue.