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Aníbal Rosario-Lebrón on Truth and the Federal Rules of Evidence

Season 1, Ep. 483

In this episode, my colleague Aníbal Rosario-Lebrón, Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills at Howard University School of Law, discusses his new article, "Evidence’s #MeToo Moment." Aníbal argues why the Federal Rules of Evidence related to character for truthfulness evidence need to be revised. While these rules are facially neutral, Aníbal explains that they arise from a false premise (i.e. that a person who lies in one context will lie in any context) and that they encourage jurors to discount the stories of victims of sexual and gender-based violence. Aníbal discusses his proposed remedies, potential issues with implementing his proposed changes, and reasons why people might object to his proposal. Aníbal’s article, Evidence’s #MeToo Moment, was recently published by the University of Miami Law Review and is available on its website. Aníbal is on Twitter at @ARosarioLebron.

This episode was hosted by Matthew A. Bruckner, Associate Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. Bruckner is on Twitter at @Prof_Bruckner.

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