The author examines the Pennsylvania and federal rules governing the use of a witness' prior criminal record as an impeachment technique. After tracing the legislative and judicial development of both rules, the commentator criticizes Pennsylvania's adherence to the standards of admissibility announced in Luck and urges adoption of federal rule 609(a) as the rule in Pennsylvania.
Thomas J. Santone,
Impeachment through Introduction of Prior Criminal Record - The Pennsylvania Rule v. Federal Rule of Evidence 609(a),
Duq. L. Rev.
Available at: https://dsc.duq.edu/dlr/vol16/iss1/9