Q: Former NY Knicks power forward has been charged with a felony. What impact could that have on his lawsuit?
A: Possibly - this depends a lot on the type of lawsuit, as well as the ultimate disposition of the criminal case. If he’s acquitted, it will have little impact on a civil case. Feel free to reach out directly if you have further questions. Thanks!
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A: As Sam said, it depends on the lawsuit; generally other bad acts are not admissible bc the prejudice outweighs the probative value of the fact.
That said, if the civil suit stems from the criminal conviction, he is liable “per se”. The reason is simple really; if he is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” (97-98%) he is automatically guilty of the civil standard of “preponderance of the evidence” (>51%) or even the higher civil standard (for certain torts and affirmative defenses) “clear and convincing evidence” (jury has to be about 75% sure) ...
Hope this helps
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