Conviction a la My Space
Society labels me as an outlaw and criminal and sees more and more everyday how many of the people, while growing up, and those who judge me, are dishonest and dishonorable. . .
Clark, slip op. at 4. The Indiana Supreme Court rejected the defense’s argument that the post constituted inadmissible evidence of past wrong deeds under Indiana Rule of Evidence 404(b). Rule 404(b) states that evidence of other “crimes, wrongs or acts” is inadmissible when offered to prove “the character of a person in order to show action in conformity therewith.” Ind. R. Evid. 404(b). The court reasoned that Rule 404(b) was inapplicable because the evidence did not relate to prior acts, but to his words. The court also concluded that the defendant had opened the door to character evidence by making his character a central issue at trial.