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 Under Rule 609(a) (2), a prior conviction 'shall be admitted' without any balancing of probativeness against prejudice, and regardless of the punishment, if the crime involved 'dishonesty or false statement.' Drawing the line between crimes that involve 'dishonesty or false statement' and crimes that do not is not easy, as numerous cases in attest. United States v. Lewis, 200 U.S. App. D.C. 76, 626 F.2d 940, 946 (D.C. Cir. 1980) (selling heroin is not a crime of dishonesty or false statement); United States v. Fearwell, 193 U.S. App. D.C. 386, 595 F.2d 771, 775-77 (D.C. Cir. 1978) (same conclusion for petit larceny); United States v. Dorsey, 192 U.S. App. D.C. 313, 591 F.2d 922, 935-36 (D.C. Cir. 1978) (same for shoplifting); United States v. Smith, 179 U.S. App. D.C. 162, 551 F.2d 348, 362-65 (D.C. Cir. 1976) (same for robbery); United States v. Millings, 175 U.S. App. D.C. 293, 535 F.2d 121, 122-24 (D.C. Cir. 1976) (same for possession of heroin and carrying an unlicensed pistol). See, e.g., United States v. Mehrmanesh, 689 F.2d 822, 833 (9th Cir. 1982) (smuggling is not a § 609(a) (2) crime); United States v. Elk, ...

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