(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this brain injury/car accident case and its proceedings.)
THIS MOTION SEEKS TO EXCLUDE TESTIMONY WHICH WOULD MISELEAD THE JURY. THE VIEOS AND ANIMATIONS AND NIGHTTIME PHOTOGRAPHY THE DEFENSE AND THEIR EXPERTS HAVE CONJURED UP IS NOT SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR TO THE CONDITIONS ON THE NIGHT IN QUESTION, IS HIGHLY PREJUDICIAL, IS GROSSLY MISLEADING, AND LACKS FOUNDATION. IT MUST BE EXCLUDED
The Court has inherent power to grant a motion in limine to exclude “any kind of evidence” which could be objected to at trial, either as irrelevant or subject to discretionary exclusion as unduly prejudicial. Clemens v. American Warranty Corp. (1987) 193 Cal.App.3d 444, 451; Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. v. Superior Court (1988) 200 Cal.App.3d 272, 288. Evidence Code § 350 states that “(n)o evidence is admissible except relevant evidence.”
ONLY RELEVANT EVIDENCE IS ADMISSIBLE
This Court must act in limine to exclude improper evidence to ensure a fair trial in this brain injury case.
Evidence Code § 352 states the court may exclude evidence if its probative value is substantially outweighed by the probability that its admission will (a) necessitate undue consumption of time or (b) create substantial danger of undue prejudice, of confusing the issues, or of misleading the jury. A number of courts have approved of the use of Section 352 to exclude prejudicial, wasteful or confusing evidence. See, People v. Cardenas (1982) 31 Cal.3d 897, 904 (prejudicial evidence); People v. Sanders (1995) 11 Cal.App.4th 475, 514 (undue consumption of time); People v. Wagner(1982) 138 Cal.App.3d 473, 481 (jury confusion).
(See Part 5 of 8.)
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