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Reputation or character testimony is admissible only when a defendant has put his own reputation in issue. State v. Miner, 703 S.W.2d 73, 75 (Mo. App. 1985); State v. Milligan, 654 S.W.2d 204, 208 (Mo. App. 1983); State v. Thurman, 521 S.W.2d 773, 777 (Mo. App. 1975). 


The admissibility of the reputation evidence and the judicial notice of other malpractice actions is an admixture of similar events testimony and availability of knowledge testimony and it was within the discretion of the trial court to admit such testimony. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has held that a trial court has considerable discretion in determining whether an offered item of evidence is relevant to the issues in a case. In Netzel v. State Sand & Gravel Company, 51 Wis.2d 1, 9-10, 186 N.W.2d 258, 263 (1971), the Wisconsin Supreme Court relied on 1 Jones, Evidence § 185 at 324 (5th ed.): 'Since evidence of other similar conditions or occurrences under similar circumstances involves proof of collateral matters, a good deal of discretion is necessarily vested in the trial judge on the question of whether the evidence should be admitted. The usual considerations of undue distraction or prejudice, ...

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