Rule 105. Limiting Evidence That is Not Admissible Against Other Parties or for Other Purposes.
If the court admits evidence that is admissible against a party or for a purposebut not against another party or for another purposethe court, on timely request, must restrict the evidence to its proper scope and instruct the jury accordingly. The court may also do so on its own initiative.
The first sentence of Pa.R.E. 105 is identical to F.R.E. 105. The second sentence was added to conform to Pennsylvania practice. There are other ways to deal with evidence that is admissible against one party but not another, or for one purpose but not another. For example, the evidence may be redacted. See Commonwealth v. Johnson, 474 Pa. 410, 378 A.2d 859 (1977). In some cases, severance may be appropriate. See Commonwealth v. Young, 263 Pa. Super. 333, 397 A.2d 1234 (1979). Where the danger of unfair prejudice outweighs probative value the evidence may be excluded. See Pa.R.E. 403.
Adopted May 8, 1998, effective October 1, 1998; Comment revised March 10, 2000, effective immediately; rescinded and replaced January 17, 2013, effective March 18, 2013.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining the March 10, 2000 revision of the Comment deleting as amended from the second sentence published with the Courts Order at 30 Pa.B. 1641 (March 25, 2000).
Final Report explaining the January 17, 2013 rescission and replacement published with the Courts Order at 43 Pa.B. 651 (February 2, 2013).
The provisions of this Rule 105 amended March 10, 2000, effective immediately, 30 Pa.B. 1639; rescinded and replaced January 17, 2013, effective in sixty days, 43 Pa.B. 620. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (341551) to (341552).
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