Article Covers the Impact of “Prior acts” Evidence in Criminal Prosecutions

Satawa Law has published its latest article covering “Prior acts” evidence which is aimed primarily at lawyers and law students. The article is available for viewing in full at

Satawa Law has published a new article entitled ‘Should a defendant’s past conduct be admissible at trial?’, which sheds light on the most important aspects of whether a jury should hear about someone’s past conduct at trial. People who want to know more about law and other interested individuals can view the full article at

The article includes several interesting pieces of information, one, in particular, is “Prior acts” evidence, also known as “prior bad acts,” or “404B” evidence, is a central issue in a significant percentage of criminal prosecutions. This should be of particular interest to law students because it provides information on the impact of “Prior acts” evidence in criminal prosecutions.

One of the most important pieces of information the article tries to convey and communicate is “Prior bad” acts evidence is instrumental in convictions but it’s also highly used in false allegations and even wrong convictions. The best example of this is perhaps found in the following extract:

‘While this has certainly led to more convictions in sexual assault, child abuse, and child molestation cases, critics argue that it has also caused a substantial increase in false allegations and wrongful convictions.’

In discussing the article’s creation, Mark Satawa, Federal Criminal Defense Attorney at Satawa Law said:

“The question becomes will the Court continue to allow the trend towards the free admission of this evidence against defendants or tighten up the rule so that the added evidence must pass a more restrictive test as to the relevance and potential prejudice.”

Regular readers of Satawa Law will notice the article takes a familiar tone, which has been described as ‘informational’.

Satawa Law now welcomes comments and questions from readers, in relation to the article, as they are intent on providing information about criminal defense laws. The reason is simply because this will help encourage insightful discussions.

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The complete article is available to view in full at

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