Hofstra Law Review


Due to a recent ruling by the New York Court of Appeals in People v. Sandoval, an ex-offender facing criminal charges has a better chance of receiving a fair trial. The court established a firm policy of encouraging pre-trial hearings to limit the prosecution's freedom to impeach a defendant's credibility through crossexamination concerning his "prior specific criminal, vicious or immoral acts." Additionally, the court established a frame of reference within which trial courts should exercise discretion in determining what evidence of misbehavior should be admitted for the sake of impeaching credibility. A defendant's decision to testify or not is thus made on a more informed basis.

Included in

Law Commons



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.