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Michael J. Hutter

New York law recognizes, as do all jurisdictions, that once a witness testifies his or her general character for truthfulness is placed in issue. See People v. Hinksman, 192 N.Y. 421, 432 (1908) (“[W]hen he assumes the character of a witness he exposes himself to the legitimate attacks which may be made upon any witness. Other witnesses may be called to impeach his credibility by showing that his general reputation for veracity is bad, or he may upon cross-examination be interrogated as to any specific act or thing which may affect his character and tend to show that he is not worthy of belief.”).

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