© D.L. Crumbley
Best evidence rule:
original documents to be produced rather than secondary evidence (including oral testimony)
Many exceptions: Computer print-out – now admissible if a foundation of accuracy is laid.
Copies admitted if lost.
Generally can get around the best evidence rule.
Demonstrative evidence (the chalks)
objects – the gun.
Do they have the tendency to “assist the trier of the facts”?