D, charged with carnal knowledge of a 17-year-old girl, attempted to impeach the credibility of the prosecutrix by offering testimony of two witnesses to the effect that her general reputation in the community for morality was bad. The trial court excluded this evidence, and D was convicted. On appeal, Held: Affirmed. Evidence of general reputation for immorality is totally inadmissible for the purpose of impeaching the credibility of a witness. State v. Wolf, 40 Wn. 2d 648, 245 P. 2d 1009 (1952).
George K. Faler,
Evidence—Impeachment of Witnesses—Showing of General Reputation for Unchastity,
28 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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