In a capital murder case, I want to question the jurors during voir dire about my client's four prior robbery convictions. I am doing so because I wish to let the jury know everything, strip the jury down, so I can get a true sense of who will oppose death and who will oppose life. My client is not testifying, so normally his prior robbery convictions would not be admissible. Can I do so?
A lawyer must be very careful before employing the tactic of introducing prior convictions against his or her client in a criminal case
The Legal Intelligencer
December 26, 2012
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