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A Treatise on the Law of Evidence

by Simon Greenleaf

From a Book Review of A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Simon Greenleaf, "Greenleaf on Evidence," 5 Michigan Law Journal 106 (1896)

“Greenleaf on the law of evidence has been the principal treatise on that branch of the law in the United States since 1842. It has been and is the standard in that branch as Kent and Blackstone are in the Common Law. Professor Greenleaf’s treatise must always be the text book of the student of the law of evidence. The subjects which have been treated with more or less fullness are: real estate, presumptions, the admission of proofs of character and reputation, especially for defendants in criminal cases, the admissibility of statements of pain, suffering etc., the meaning of the term “relevancy” and “res gestae,” the introduction of proof of collateral facts, shop books or evidence, pleadings, the privileges of attorneys and clients, of doctors and patients, of clergymen and penitents, oral inducements to written contracts, and a very full statement of the statutes and decisions affecting the competency of parties and witnesses, the competency of husband and wife for and against each other, and the competency of persons convicted of crime as witnesses, and also the principles affecting the introduction of expert testimony and the comparison of hand-writing in evidence."

"Greenleaf’s Evidence is as complete a commentary on the law of evidence as can be found in any book in this country or Europe. No student of the law, who desires to know the law of evidence of the United States, and who desires at the same time to know the reasons and philosophy of it, can afford to be without the completed edition of Greenleaf on the law of evidence.”

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