In this Article I will endorse the view that the most important modem function of the completeness rule is to trump otherwise applicable exclusionary rules, though not every rule in every instance. I will also offer the general proposition that it should almost always trump one large and important class of exclusionary rules, those based upon the "best evidence" principle, that is, the principle that parties should present to the tribunal the epistemically best evidence available to them on a given litigated issue.


Completeness Doctrine, Federal Rules of Evidence

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Iowa Law Review

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80 Iowa Law Review 825 (1995)

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Evidence Commons


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