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Commonwealth v. Avalos

Docket #SJC-10254
Date February 2, 2009
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JusticesMarshall, C.J., Ireland, Spina, Cowin, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, JJ.
SummaryEvidence, Cross-examination, Bias of government witness, Prior violent conduct, Impeachment of credibility, Prior misconduct. Practice, Criminal, Judicial discretion. Constitutional law, Fair trial. Witness, Bias, Impeachment, Credibility.
Appealed FromSuffolk Superior Court, Justice Elizabeth M. Fahey
Counsel for Appellant
Avalos:  Theodore F. Riordan, Deborah Bates Riordan
Counsel for Appellee
Commonwealth:  Macy Lee, Leora Joseph
Amici CuriaeJane Doe, Inc.; Committee for Public Counsel Services

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