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Discovery of impeachable information

Discovery of impeachable information

Discovery of impeachable information

  1. bestmilitarydefenseucmjdefenselawyer70Polling of court members is prohibited. RCM 922(e). May not impeach findingswith post-trial member questionnaires. See United States v. Heimer , 34 M.J. 541 (A.F.C.M.R. 1991). MRE 606 establishes the only three permissible circumstances to impeach a verdict. Post-trial questionnaires improperly “sought to impeach each panel member’s subjective interpretation of the evidence – the precise material the rule seeks to protect.” Id . at 546.
  2. United States v. Ovando-Moran , 48 M.J. 300 (1998). Gathering information toimpeach a verdict is not a proper basis for post-trial interviews by counsel of panel members. Information in counsel’s post-trial affidavit that members improperly considered testimony and were impacted by military judge’s comments during trial fell outside bounds of MRE 606(b) to impeach findings of court-martial.
  3. Additional cases involving impeachment: United States v. Hance , 10 M.J. 622(A.C.M.R. 1980 ); United States v. Higdon , 2 M.J. 445 (A.C.M.R. 1975); United States v. Harris , 32 C.M.R. 878 (A.F.B.R. 1962).
  • Evidence introduced at sentencing for the sole purpose of impeaching the findings isinadmissible. See infra United States v. Johnson , 62 M.J. 31 (2005)