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State v. Thornton, 2017 UT 9 (Feb. 21, 2017)

In this appeal involving admissibility of evidence of the defendant’s past misconduct, the Supreme Court repudiated the “scrupulous examination” line of cases previously used to review decisions under Rule 404(b) of the Utah Rules of Evidence.  Instead, “appellate courts should simply assess whether the district judge made an error in admitting or excluding the evidence in question.”