Appeals Court Finds No Error In Allowing Evidence Of Previous Fire

Mealey's (March 2, 2016, 11:34 AM EST) -- LOS ANGELES — A California appellate panel on Feb. 23 found that a trial court judge did not err when applying the doctrine of chances in order to allow the state to introduce evidence regarding a 2005 car fire that started the same way as a fire that destroyed a business owned by a defendant found guilty of insurance fraud and arson, holding that the evidence of the previous fire was not prejudicial (People v. John J. Valerio, No. B260150, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 5;...
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