The Federal Rules of Evidence give guidelines for when evidence regarding a person's character might be considered admissible in court.
1) What do you think the purpose for having guidelines about the admissibility of character evidence is?
2) Give 3 exs of a situation where character evidence is inadmissible in a criminal trial. The admissibility of character evidence of a victim of rape at the trial of the alleged rapist is a controversial topic.
3) Discuss reasons why a judge might or might not admit character evidence about a rape victim at trial.