Me. R. Evid. 404
Adopted effective January 1, 2015.
Maine Restyling Note [November 2014] Maine Rule 404 differs in some respects from its federal counterpart. The Maine Rule does not include any exception for evidence of the character of a victim in a criminal case, or permitting the prosecution to use evidence of the defendant's character to rebut it. The Maine Rule also does not spell out the grounds for limited admissibility of evidence of other wrongs under Rule 404(b). This does not mean that such evidence is not admissible for limited "non-character" purposes. However, the Maine Rule does not list some permissible non-character uses lest it be inferred that these are the only non-character purposes for which the evidence may be admitted. These differences have been maintained in the restyled Rule. Federal Advisory Committee Note The language of Rule 404 has been amended as part of the restyling of the Evidence Rules to make them more easily understood and to make style and terminology consistent throughout the rules. These changes are intended to be stylistic only. There is no intent to change any result in any ruling on evidence admissibility. .