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 The Rule states that 'evidence that a witness . . . has been convicted of a crime shall be admitted, subject to Rule 403.' Fed. R. Evid. 609(a)(1) (emphasis added). The question raised by the district court's interpretation of the Rule is thus whether the 'evidence' of a prior felony conviction referenced in the Rule necessarily includes the statutory name of the offense and any other information, or whether the mere fact of conviction of an unnamed felony, the sentence imposed, and the date of conviction suffice.


Both Rule 609(a)(1) and (a)(2) contemplate admitting 'evidence' of a witness's convictions for impeachment purposes. Rule 609 states, in pertinent part: (a) General Rule. For the purpose of attacking the credibility of a witness,  (1) evidence that a witness other than an accused has been convicted of a crime shall be admitted, subject to Rule 403, if the crime was punishable by death or imprisonment in excess of one year under the law under which the witness was convicted, and evidence that an accused has been convicted of such a crime shall be admitted if the court determines that the probative value of admitting this evidence outweighs its prejudicial ...

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