Reputable Source?: Court of Appeals of Tennessee Precludes Testimony of Rehabilitation Witness Under Rule 608(a), by Evidence ProfBlogger, EvidenceProf Blog
In Pyle v. Mullins, 2013 WL 6181956 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2013), the plaintiff sought to bolster his credibility after it had been attacked by the defense, but the court precluded this rehabilitation. Why?
Pyle then sought to elicit
character testimony from Jeff Boggan, one of Pyle’s customers. Boggan, a resident of Village Green Subdivision, testified Pyle mowed his lawn and he had known Pyle for 5 years. He testified Pyle was under contract by the homeowner’s association to mow all of the lawns in the subdivision. Pyle asked Boggan whether he was “familiar with [Pyle’s] reputation in that area for honesty?” In response, defense counsel objected as to relevance. The trial court sustained the objection.
Then . . . .