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Submitted June 16, 2009

Before RUIZ, FISHER, and BLACKBURNE-RIGSBY, Associate Judges.

Appellant Calvin Woods contends in this appeal that the trial court abused its discretion by admitting the plea agreement for one of the government’s witnesses. We note that the particular circumstances of this case present a matter of first impression: we must determine whether the government may introduce evidence of a plea agreement with a government witness on direct examination where the defense has stipulated that it will refrain from any cross-examination regarding bias relating to that plea agreement. Appellant also argues that the trial court erred by preventing him from testifying about his prior inconsistent statements on direct examination, especially because the court thereafter allowed the government to cross-examine him about those same statements. For the reasons explained more fully herein, we affirm.

 
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