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Art. 608.  Attacking or supporting credibility by character evidence

A.  Reputation evidence of character.  The credibility of a witness may be attacked or supported by evidence in the form of general reputation only, but subject to these limitations:

(1)  The evidence may refer only to character for truthfulness or untruthfulness.

(2)  A foundation must first be established that the character witness is familiar with the reputation of the witness whose credibility is in issue.  The character witness shall not express his personal opinion as to the character of the witness whose credibility is in issue.

(3)  Inquiry into specific acts on direct examination while qualifying the character witness or otherwise is prohibited.

B.  Particular acts, vices, or courses of conduct.  Particular acts, vices, or courses of conduct of a witness may not be inquired into or proved by extrinsic evidence for the purpose of attacking his character for truthfulness, other than conviction of crime as provided in Articles 609 and 609.1 or as constitutionally required.

C.  Cross-examination of character witnesses.  A witness who has testified to the character for truthfulness or untruthfulness of another witness may be cross-examined as to whether he has heard about particular acts of that witness bearing upon his credibility.

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

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