Evidence - Character

Summary of Pennsylvania Decisions

Stumpf v. Nye, 2008 PA Super 122 (June 3, 2008)

Holding: Evidence of previous violence tending to show a character or a trait of character is not admissible under Pa.R.E. 404 and 405. In addition, evidence that the plaintiff pled guilty to disorderly conduct was properly excluded because guilty pleas to summary offenses and other minor matters are generally inadmissible in subsequent civil proceedings arising out of the same incident.