Washington Law Review


Michael Mines


D was convicted of second degree burglary. During the cross examination of three character witnesses for the defense, the prosecuting attorney asked, over the objections of the defense, the following questions: "Did you know that in 1941 D had is operator's license suspended?", "Did you know that D spent twelve days in jail and was fined twenty-five dollars for drunkenness on January 10, 1949?" and "Did you know D was given twenty days for vagrancy in the city jail of Walla Walla?" Held: The form of the questions was proper as long as it was not for the purpose of discerditing the person on trial. State v. Cyr, 40 Wn. 2d 840, 246 P2d 480 (1952).

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