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Art. 405.  Methods of proving character

A.  Reputation.  Except as provided in Article 412, in all cases in which evidence of character or a trait of character of a person is admissible, proof may be made by testimony as to general reputation only.  On cross-examination of the character witness, inquiry is allowable into relevant specific instances of conduct.

B.  Specific instances of conduct.  In cases in which character or a trait of character of a person is an essential element of a charge, claim, or defense, such as in a prosecution for defamation or when there is a defense of entrapment, proof may also be made of specific instances of his conduct.

C.  Foundation.  Before a person may be permitted to testify to the reputation of another person, a foundation must be established that the witness is familiar with that reputation.

Acts 1988, No. 515, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1989.

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