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Name: U.S. v. Foster
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 09/13/2000
Subsequent History: None
Summary

Because receipt of stolen property is not per se crime a crime of dishonesty, it may not automatically be considered a crime of dishonesty for impeachment purposes under Rule 609(a)(2). The district court erred here in allowing the government to use it without first determining whether the crime actually involved deceitful or fraudulent conduct. Because appellant’s credibility was of utmost importance, the erroneous admission of appellant’s prior offense was not harmless.