Brand : Paul F. Rothstein

Evidence in a Nutshell (Nutshell Series)



Matthew r. amon |

Great little guide

Evidence in a nutshell is a great little guide. unlike some of its larger competitors, this book provides concise and spot-on definitions. it logically flows through the federal rules, giving simple explanations that tie everything together. i thought this book was especially useful not during the semester but while i was putting together my finals outline. my outline was organized just like the nutshell's chapters, hitting the same rules and concepts. it provided the simple straight forward definitions and explanations that a finals outline requires. as an added bonus, the re-sale value of this book appears to be pretty good.

Dr. joseph s. maresca |

Evidence by rothstein

The first principle of evidence involves relevancy. evidence is relevant if a reasonable fact-finder could feel that it renders some fact more probable or less probable in any degree than it appeared before the introduction of the evidence. relevancy does not require that the fact be made to appear highly probable. we are not testing sufficiency of the total proof of a case. instead, the basic rule seeks to establish an entry threshold upon which a building block may be constructed. in some cases, the judge and jury may have to resort to matters not in the record to determine whether or not a piece of evidence renders a proposition more probable than before. as a basic principle, relevancy subsumes materiality. the remainder of the book explains presumptions under the law, heresay, impeachment of witnesses, exemptions and a whole host of complicating factors relevant in a trial setting. the book is written for a legal constituency. it assumes some legal background or knowledge of basic definitions. the constituency of this book consists of legal scholars, lawyers, law students and a wide constituency in business and academe. it is well worth the price for serious students of the law.