Conditional Relevance Reinterpreted


Part I of the article will present the basic idea of conditional relevance and lay out in simple yet improved terms the criticism that has cast severe doubt upon it. Part II will reexamine the principal authorities relied upon to sup- port the doctrine, in order to discover what they are really about. Part III will test the suggested reconstruction by looking at those well-established doctrines that have come to be assimilated into the concept of conditional relevance and by examining certain problems of statutory interpretation that are raised by the theory advocated here. This examination will lead to consideration of the Supreme Court decision mentioned above. The Conclusion will recapitulate the practical and theoretical significance of a "best evidence" interpretation of conditional relevance.



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Boston University Law Review

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70 Boston Univeristy Law Review 447 (1990)

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