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R901 Chain of Custody - Case Notes from Goode & Wellborn



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R901 Chain of Custody - Case Notes from Goode & Wellborn
A chain of custody is required if the evidence could be changed without looking different. However, not all possibility of tampering or adulteration is required to be eliminated. In re Exxon Valdez, 270 F.3d 1215, 1249 (9th Cir.2001) (blood test results showing alcohol content properly admitted despite "remarkable mishandlings" of sample, where evidence was sufficient for a reasonable juror to find identity and unchanged condition)
A defect in the chain of custody normally goes to the weight, not the admissibility, of the evidence. United States v. Jackson, 345 F.3d 59, 65 (2d Cir.2003);



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