In Old Chief v. United States, the United States Supreme Court held that a district court abused its discretion under rule 403 of the Federal Rules of Evidence ("Rule 403") when it refused a defendant's offer to stipulate to a prior assault conviction, and instead admitted the full record of the conviction, when the sole purpose of the evidence was to prove the prior conviction element of a felon in possession of a firearm charge. The holding marks the first time the Supreme Court has limited the time-honored principal of allowing the prosecution the freedom to refuse offers to stipulate and to try its case as it sees fit.
"Old Chief v. United States: Radical Change or Minor Departure? How Much Further Will Courts Go in Limiting the Prosecution's Ability to Try Its Case?,"
Mercer Law Review: Vol. 49
, Article 13.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.mercer.edu/jour_mlr/vol49/iss3/13